condensation

noun

con·​den·​sa·​tion ˌkän-ˌden-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce condensation (audio)
-dən-
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
condensational
ˌkän-ˌden-ˈsā-shnəl How to pronounce condensation (audio)
-shə-nᵊl
-dən-
adjective

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web Though the wick requires replacing, an evaporative humidifier usually causes less mold or mildew growth and doesn’t produce over-condensation on the floor like ultrasonic models. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, 18 Nov. 2022 If the condensation is forming only in one place, perhaps there is a gap in insulation around the ducts or a leak between duct sections. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2022 Thanks to the orbital dynamics, this results in a partial ring-like structure, with most of the condensation taking place on one side of the binary. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 12 Oct. 2022 Even the condensation from the air-conditioning system is collected to flush toilets and provide irrigation. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, 1 Oct. 2014 These patio chair covers also have air vents to minimize condensation and wind lofting. Erica Reagle, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Oct. 2022 Chief among the complaints: condensation, lack of ventilation, and the claustrophobic feel. Outside Online, 7 July 2021 On Instagram, Williams, York and Farro all changed their profile pictures on their Instagram accounts to matching images, featuring them with their faces pressed up against a window slick with condensation. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 7 Sep. 2022 In August, those refrigerators are moist with condensation and stocked with cases of Modelos and hard seltzers. Lexis-olivier Ray, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of condensation was in 1594

Dictionary Entries Near condensation

Cite this Entry

“Condensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condensation. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

condensation

noun

con·​den·​sa·​tion ˌkän-ˌden-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce condensation (audio)
-dən-
1
: the act or process of condensing
2
: the quality or state of being condensed
3
: a product of condensing
especially : a shortened literary work

Medical Definition

condensation

noun

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