- to make more dense or compact; reduce the volume or extent of; concentrate.
- to reduce to a shorter form; abridge: Condense your answer into a few words.
- to reduce to another and denser form, as a gas or vapor to a liquid or solid state.
- to become denser or more compact or concentrated.
- to reduce a book, speech, statement, or the like, to a shorter form.
- to become liquid or solid, as a gas or vapor: The steam condensed into droplets.
Origin of condense
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1. compress, consolidate. 2. digest, epitomize, abstract, abbreviate.
2. See contract.
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Examples from the Web for condensing
Deprived of the direct rays of the sun, the gas was condensing.John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein
Frank R. Stockton
Now the condensing of milk has grown to be a very large industry.
This consists in boiling the water and condensing the steam.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
The art of compressing and condensing provisions was unknown.History of the United Netherlands, 1590-1599, Vol. III. Complete
John Lothrop Motley
The philosophers have ingenious instruments for condensing air.Rollo's Philosophy. [Air]
- (tr) to increase the density of; compress
- to reduce or be reduced in volume or size; make or become more compact
- to change or cause to change from a gaseous to a liquid or solid state
- chem to undergo or cause to undergo condensation
C15: from Latin condēnsāre, from dēnsāre to make thick, from dēnsus dense
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Word Origin and History for condensing
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