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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The enormous amount of gas and other materials released by the volcano probably contained water vapor, with the temperature contrast between the fiery plume and the air around it causing condensation. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, "This North Pacific volcano just erupted after nearly a century of silence. Astronauts captured the breathtaking scene.," 27 June 2019 There are two types of desalination—thermal, which heats up water and then captures the condensation, and reverse osmosis, which forces sea water through the pores of a membrane that are many times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. Jim Robbins, WIRED, "Desalination Is Booming as Cities Run out of Water," 27 June 2019 One of the females rises and walks out of the thicket into the open, shaking the condensation from her body as if emerging from a morning sauna. Paul Steyn, National Geographic, "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off," 2 May 2019 The warm vapor makes contact with cooled stainless steel coils inside, and, similar to that inconvenient water that drips from your air conditioning unit, condensation is created. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Just add humidity: How this air-to-water machine can quench your thirst," 17 June 2019 Another, fashioned into a bust of Washington, sits on a pillow carved from marble; its innards are wet with condensation from the mix of tamarind, rum, lime, and molasses pooled inside. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Getting real in a stirring show at Mass MoCA," 13 June 2019 Carmichael quickly put me at ease: The difference in temperature between the water around us and our submersible had created a layer of condensation on the hatch. David Keyton, The Seattle Times, "Off the Seychelles, a dive into a never-seen landscape," 13 Apr. 2019 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

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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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