con·​dens·​er | \ kən-ˈden(t)-sər How to pronounce condenser (audio) \

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

Examples of condenser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Hansons run their wine through two copper pots then through a 50-plate column still five times and, finally, into a condenser. Betsy Andrews, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2021 Alongside a good condenser microphone, few budding musicians would be without a Scarlett audio interface for hassle-free home recording that can turn a musical vision into a reality. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 The outdoor condenser connected to a distributor in the attic, which tapped into the existing ductwork to provide both central cooling and heat., 7 Nov. 2021 To celebrate one million sales of the classic AT2020 condenser microphone, Audio-Technica is donating ¥1m to Hungry for Music, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for children to learn a musical instrument. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 The biggest outdoor condenser can get loud, like a central air unit running full blast in summer., 7 Nov. 2021 Small enough to slide into your palm or pocket, this portable recorder doubles as a USB condenser microphone for professional audio. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 3 Nov. 2021 Not only is the airflow across the A/C condenser blocked, but the radiator sitting behind it suffers too. Bob Weber,, 21 Oct. 2021 Carter-Head stills have a basket between the pot still and the condenser that is used to hold a basket of botanicals. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of condenser

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of condenser was in 1686

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23 Dec 2021

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“Condenser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce condenser (audio) \

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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