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vaporization

[vey-per-uh-zey-shuh n] /ˌveɪ pər əˈzeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of vaporizing.
2.
the state of being vaporized.
3.
the rapid change of water into steam, especially in a boiler.
4.
Medicine/Medical. a vapor therapy.
Origin of vaporization
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; vapor + -ization
Related forms
revaporization, noun
Can be confused
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  • We know that it is consumed in the molecular work of vaporization.

  • It is, in fact, steamed by the vaporization of its own water.

  • In cold weather especially this is a valuable aid to vaporization.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • What are two advantages of the high heat of vaporization of water?

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • Heat Measurement; specific heat, heat of fusion, of vaporization, combustion.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • Also, every motorist has had impressed upon him the fact that heat aids in the vaporization of gasoline.

    The Gasoline Motor

    Harold Whiting Slauson
  • This is the curve of vapour pressure, or the vaporization curve of water.

  • It was so cold that there was no vaporization from the alcohol, and it would not light directly as at higher temperatures.

    The North Pole Robert E. Peary
  • The fire is thus rapidly extinguished by the vaporization of the carbon dioxide and water spray.

Word Origin and History for vaporization
n.

1799, noun of action from vaporize. In same sense Middle English had vaporacioun (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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vaporization in Medicine

vaporization va·por·i·za·tion (vā'pə-rĭ-zā'shən)
n.

  1. The conversion of a solid or liquid into a vapor.

  2. Therapeutic application of a vapor.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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vaporization in Culture

vaporization definition


In physics and chemistry, the conversion of a solid or a liquid into a gas. (See boiling point, phases of matter, and sublimation.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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