- the act of concentrating; the state of being concentrated.
- exclusive attention to one object; close mental application.
- something concentrated: a concentration of stars.
- the assembling of military or naval forces in a particular area in preparation for further operations.
- a specified intensity and duration of artillery fire placed on a small area.
- the focusing of a student's academic program on advanced study in a specific subject or field.
- Chemistry. (in a solution) a measure of the amount of dissolved substance contained per unit of volume.
- Also called memory. Cards. a game in which all 52 cards are spread out face down on the table and each player in turn exposes two cards at a time and replaces them face down if they do not constitute a pair, the object being to take the most pairs by remembering the location of the cards previously exposed.
Origin of concentration
Examples from the Web for concentration
Within a concentration camp, would someone make a joke about the number, the tattooed number?Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
This is important in the concentration process, which takes place by means of an extraordinarily measured period of boiling.When It Comes to Great Whisky, The Size of Your Still Matters
December 9, 2014
The concentration of PM2.5, the smallest particulate matter, is at 153 micrograms per cubic meter.Beijing’s ‘Star Trek’ APEC Summit
November 11, 2014
At any moment, the slightest loss in concentration could see a disastrous tumble.How the Circus Got a Social Conscience
November 7, 2014
She described the influence of her mother, a concentration camp survivor.Live from San Antonio: Women in the World Texas!
Women in the World
October 23, 2014
And how was I to know, then, that the concentration was due to the necessity of invention?The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
He has the constitution of a rhinoceros, the digestion of an ostrich, and the concentration of an oyster.Little Dorrit
Oh, gentlemen, have ye ever seen such a concentration of vice?Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
“Quite,” said Barter, whose face was now a mask of concentration.The Mind Master
Arthur J. Burks
Let us now consider some of the implications of this concentration on rendering service.Creating Capital
Frederick L. Lipman
- intense mental application; complete attention
- the act or process of concentrating
- something that is concentrated
- the strength of a solution, esp the amount of dissolved substance in a given volume of solvent, usually expressed in moles per cubic metre or cubic decimetre (litre)Symbol: c
- the process of increasing the concentration of a solution
- the act of bringing together military forces
- the application of fire from a number of weapons against a target
- economics the degree to which the output or employment in an industry is accounted for by only a few firms
- another name (esp US) for Pelmanism
Word Origin and History for concentration
1630s, "action of bringing to a center," noun of action from verb concentrate (v.). Meaning "a mass so collected" is from 1670s; "continuous focus of mental activity" is from 1846.
- An increase of the strength of a pharmaceutical preparation by the extraction, precipitation, and drying of its crude active agent.
- An increase in the strength of a fluid or gas in a mixture by purification, evaporation, or diffusion.
- The amount of a specified substance in a unit amount of another substance.
- The amount of a particular substance in a given amount of another substance, especially a solution or mixture.