evaporation

noun
evap·​o·​ra·​tion | \ i-ˌva-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce evaporation (audio) \

Definition of evaporation

: the act or process of evaporating:
a : change from a liquid to a vapor evaporation of water But warming increases the evaporation of ocean water, which could increase the snowfall on the Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, remove water from the ocean, and lower sea level.— Jack M. Hollander
b : the vanishing or disappearance of something The pope's attempt to arrest the evaporation of the Christian tradition in Europe was also unsuccessful.— Conrad Black No longer a machine that accelerates the evaporation of resources, in the Roman context the banquet becomes a theatre of wealth and property, of social distinction, or social-climbing.— James N. Davidson

First Known Use of evaporation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Evaporation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaporation. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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evaporation

noun
evap·​o·​ra·​tion | \ i-ˌva-pə-ˈrā-shən \

Kids Definition of evaporation

: the process of changing from a liquid to a vapor

evaporation

noun
evap·​o·​ra·​tion | \ i-ˌvap-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce evaporation (audio) \

Medical Definition of evaporation

: the change by which any substance is converted from a liquid state into and carried off in vapor specifically : the conversion of a liquid into vapor in order to remove it wholly or partly from a liquid of higher boiling point or from solids dissolved in or mixed with it

Other Words from evaporation

evaporate \ i-​ˈvap-​ə-​ˌrāt How to pronounce evaporation (audio) \ verb evaporated; evaporating
evaporator \ -​ˌrāt-​ər How to pronounce evaporation (audio) \ noun

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