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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If there’s condensation trapped behind the plastic, call in a waterproofing contractor to evaluate the situation. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Finish Your Basement," 18 Apr. 2019 With less air space, there is also less chance of condensation forming in the tank. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Dealers disappoint owners with dodgy service," 9 Sep. 2017 Details such as the condensation on the glass and the smooth surface of the table are made sharper and more apparent. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google gives the Pixel camera superhuman night vision," 14 Nov. 2018 Keeping them encased traps in chemicals, which can cause condensation and mildew. Lindsay Talbot, Marie Claire, "Your Everything Guide to a Sustainable Closet," 19 July 2018 But if there were none at all, there would be no clouds in the sky, because cloud formation is also a process of condensation. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "Tiny Particles That Let You See Your Breath," 11 Oct. 2018 And at every surface of liquid water, there’s a constant exchange: Some liquid molecules escape to become gas (evaporation) and some gas molecules bump into the liquid and merge with it (condensation). Helen Czerski, WSJ, "Tiny Particles That Let You See Your Breath," 11 Oct. 2018 There are small maquettes for commissions in an adjacent gallery, including a study for a 10-foot-tall installation in Denver in which early-morning condensation produced fog (it was later dismantled). Ann Landi, WSJ, "‘Larry Bell: Hocus, Focus and 12’ Review: Thinking Inside the Box," 18 Sep. 2018 Solution: Look at snowmelt patterns, condensation patterns, or rain-drying patterns on the walls and roof. Henry Gifford, Popular Mechanics, "Your House Is Bleeding You Dry. Here Are 9 Steps To Save You Money.," 8 Aug. 2018

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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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condensation

noun

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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