con·​dens·​er | \kən-ˈden(t)-sər \

Definition of condenser 

1 : one that condenses: such as

a : a lens or mirror used to concentrate light on an object

b : an apparatus in which gas or vapor is condensed

2 : capacitor

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Some of the most common culprits in the spread of the disease are cooling towers, humidifiers, hot water tanks and condensers in large air-conditioning units. Zoe Greenberg, New York Times, "Legionnaires’ Disease Sickens 11 in Upper Manhattan," 12 July 2018 Heat rate can be affected by dozens of variables from fuel type to steam-surface condensers and boiler feed pumps. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Not the Climate Apocalypse," 21 Aug. 2018 The Blue Microphones Yeti Pro ($250) is a condenser mic that offers outstanding versatility, with both USB and XLR connection options and the ability to toggle among four types of directionality. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Started in Podcasting," 29 June 2015 There are three condensers on the roof, one in the basement and two inside apartments. New York Times, "Diary of a New York Co-op Board President," 27 Apr. 2018 This compact cardioid condenser mic jacks into the phone via a Lightning dongle to bring your sparkling dialog into focus. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Gadgets to Help You Shoot Pro-Quality Movies on Your iPhone," 1 July 2018 Line set is the copper tubing that runs from your outside air conditioning condenser to your indoor air handler or furnace. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "The Art of the Charge: What to watch for when someone re-charges your home AC system," 30 Apr. 2018 The wood is burned at a high temperature, and the smoke particles collect in condensers and form a concentrated liquid. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "10 good store-bought BBQ sauces and what to do with them," 4 June 2018 Tucker says dirt, dust, grease and pet hair can collect on your refrigerator condenser coils, making your fridge work harder. Debbie Carlson,, "5 areas to tackle during spring cleaning," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of condenser

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of condenser

: a device used for changing a gas into a liquid

: a device used for storing electrical energy


con·​dens·​er | \kən-ˈden(t)-sər \

Medical Definition of condenser 

1a : a lens or mirror used to concentrate light on an object

b : an apparatus in which gas or vapor is condensed

2 : capacitor

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