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

Examples of condenser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most refrigerators have condenser coils located across the bottom or at the back of the unit that cool and condense the refrigerant. Daniel Bortz, Washington Post, "10 important maintenance tasks that experts say many homeowners miss," 30 Dec. 2019 Water that is pumped from a river to run through the condensers of a steam electric plant and that is returned, albeit at a higher temperature, is a non-consumptive use. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Lessons seen in ill-fated water-rail plan," 9 Nov. 2019 Condenser fan: Blows air over the compressor and the condenser coil, cooling the compressor and increasing the coil's ability to release heat. 9. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "This Is What a Refrigerator Looks Like When You Take It Apart," 2 Mar. 2015 Before Friday, the jail had been experiencing air conditioning problems for weeks and maintenance staff was working on installing replacement condensers. USA TODAY, "Tubing, Hemingway, great white sharks: News from around our 50 states," 21 July 2019 Are the fins on your evaporator or condenser coils bent? Emily Sweeney,, "Heat hacks: 12 tips and tricks to keeping your house cool," 19 July 2019 Researchers noted a high degree of deterioration in a wall close to the exterior condenser unit, which feeds two AC inlets in the church — in the central chamber, known as the nave, and near the organ on the second floor. Scott Huddleston,, "UTSA study will help cool, preserve one of San Antonio’s historic mission churches," 4 July 2019 George Land, a spokesman for the park, said the insects had gathered near the air conditioning condensers in visitors’ vehicles, attracted by the moisture there. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "Bees are camping out at Joshua Tree, forcing closure of popular Key’s View," 21 June 2019 Usually, your old condenser will work fine with R134a. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Should Know About Fixing Your Car's A/C," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of condenser

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jan 2020

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“Condenser.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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

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