condensation

noun
con·​den·​sa·​tion | \ ˌkän-ˌden-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce condensation (audio) , -dən- \

Definition of condensation

1 : the act or process of condensing: such as
a : a chemical reaction involving union between molecules often with elimination of a simple molecule (such as water) to form a new more complex compound of often greater molecular weight
b : the conversion of a substance (such as water) from the vapor state to a denser liquid or solid state usually initiated by a reduction in temperature of the vapor
c : compression of a written or spoken work into more concise form an essay greatly in need of condensation
2 : the quality or state of being condensed
3 : a product of condensing read a condensation of the long novel

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Other Words from condensation

condensational \ ˌkän-​ˌden-​ˈsā-​shnəl How to pronounce condensational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , -​dən-​ \ adjective

Examples of condensation in a Sentence

When we heat the house in the winter, condensation forms on the windows. Condensation dripped from the air conditioner. the processes of evaporation and condensation The editor found condensation of the play very difficult. a condensation of one of Shakespeare's plays
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Recent Examples on the Web The humidity causes condensation problems in the oil’s metal pathways. oregonlive, "How to keep your car in shape if you’re not driving under coronavirus stay-home orders," 28 Apr. 2020 There needs to be a trigger, and that’s where condensation nuclei come in. John Kennedy, Popular Science, "Stay-at-home science project: Whip up a storm in a glass," 27 Apr. 2020 During the first four hours, workers increase the humidity inside the chamber, causing the hydrogen peroxide to collect as condensation on the masks, neutralizing the coronavirus and other contaminants. Brian Kaiser, New York Times, "Where Thousands of Masks a Day Are Decontaminated to Battle the Virus," 11 Apr. 2020 This traps condensation and drips it back down onto whatever is braising for a superior meal. NBC News, "The best cast iron cookware, according to chefs and experts," 17 Mar. 2020 After 10 minutes have passed, grab a clean sponge or clean paper towels to wipe away any condensation, ensuring that every surface is dry. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "How to Deep Clean Your Toilet Properly, According to Our Expert," 13 Mar. 2020 In 1880, the Germans invented the beer mat, made out of wood pulp, in order to save the tables from the wear caused by condensation from beer bottles. Popular Science, "Delightful drink coasters that protect your furniture and show off your sense of style," 16 Jan. 2020 Then there was the problem of condensation on the glass in cold weather. Witold Rybczynski, WSJ, "‘Broken Glass’ Review: Letting the Outside In," 20 Mar. 2020 Because of the additional source of moisture – the Ohio River – condensation occurred, and moisture was absorbed from the river surface, forming additional clouds beneath the base. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "What was that I saw over the river yesterday? And there's a little snow in the forecast," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of condensation

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for condensation

see condense

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The first known use of condensation was in 1594

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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Condensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condensation. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for condensation

condensation

noun
How to pronounce condensation (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of condensation

: small drops of water that form on a cold surface
technical : the process by which a gas cools and becomes a liquid
: the act or process of making something (such as a piece of writing) shorter : the act or process of condensing something

condensation

noun
con·​den·​sa·​tion | \ ˌkän-ˌden-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce condensation (audio) , -dən- \

Kids Definition of condensation

1 : the act or process of making more compact or concise
2 : something that has been made more compact or concise a condensation of the story
3 : the conversion of a vapor to a liquid (as by cooling)

condensation

noun
con·​den·​sa·​tion | \ ˌkän-ˌden-ˈsā-shən, -dən- How to pronounce condensation (audio) \

Medical Definition of condensation

1 : the act or process of condensing: as
a : a chemical reaction involving union between molecules often with elimination of a simple molecule (as water) to form a new more complex compound of often greater molecular weight
b : the conversion of a substance (as water) from the vapor state to a denser liquid or solid state usually initiated by a reduction in temperature of the vapor
2 : representation of several apparently discrete ideas by a single symbol especially in dreams
3 : an abnormal hardening of an organ or tissue connective tissue condensations

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