[ kon-den-sey-shuhn, -duhn- ]
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  1. the act of condensing; the state of being condensed.

  2. the result of being made more compact or dense.

  1. reduction of a book, speech, statement, or the like, to a shorter or terser form; abridgment.

  2. a condensed form: Did you read the whole book or just a condensation?

  3. a condensed mass.

  4. (in nontechnical usage) condensate.

  5. the act or process of reducing a gas or vapor to a liquid or solid form.

  6. Chemistry. a reaction between two or more organic molecules leading to the formation of a larger molecule and the elimination of a simple molecule such as water or alcohol.

  7. Meteorology. the process by which atmospheric water vapor liquefies to form fog, clouds, or the like, or solidifies to form snow or hail.

  8. Psychoanalysis. the representation of two or more ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses by one word or image, as in a person's humor, accidental slips, or dreams.

  9. Physics. the relative amount by which the density of an elastic medium varies from its average value as a sound wave passes through it.

Origin of condensation

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Late Latin condēnsātiōn-, stem of condēnsātiō; equivalent to condensate + -ion

Other words from condensation

  • con·den·sa·tion·al, adjective
  • con·den·sa·tive, adjective
  • non·con·den·sa·tion, noun
  • o·ver·con·den·sa·tion, noun
  • pre·con·den·sa·tion, noun
  • re·con·den·sa·tion, noun
  • sub·con·den·sa·tion, noun
  • un·con·den·sa·tion·al, adjective

Words Nearby condensation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use condensation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for condensation


/ (ˌkɒndɛnˈseɪʃən) /

  1. the act or process of condensing, or the state of being condensed

  2. anything that has condensed from a vapour, esp on a window

  1. chem a type of reaction in which two organic molecules combine to form a larger molecule as well as a simple molecule such as water, methanol, etc

  2. anything that has been shortened, esp an abridged version of a book

  3. psychoanal

    • the fusion of two or more ideas, etc, into one symbol, occurring esp in dreams

    • the reduction of many experiences into one word or action, as in a phobia

Derived forms of condensation

  • condensational, adjective

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Scientific definitions for condensation


[ kŏn′dən-sāshən ]

  1. The change of a gas or vapor to a liquid, either by cooling or by being subjected to increased pressure. When water vapor cools in the atmosphere, for example, it condenses into tiny drops of water, which form clouds.

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