the result of being made more compact or dense.
reduction of a book, speech, statement, or the like, to a shorter or terser form; abridgment.
a condensed form: Did you read the whole book or just a condensation?
a condensed mass.
(in nontechnical usage) condensate.
the act or process of reducing a gas or vapor to a liquid or solid form.
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.
Meteorology. the process by which atmospheric water vapor liquefies to form fog, clouds, or the like, or solidifies to form snow or hail.
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.
Physics. the relative amount by which the density of an elastic medium varies from its average value as a sound wave passes through it.
- 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
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How to use condensation in a sentence
This future city collects water through air condensation and uses solar power to drive itself over arid landscapes.Future Cities: New Challenges Mean We Need to Reimagine the Look of Urban Landscapes | Nick Dunn | December 18, 2020 | Singularity Hub
An auto drain function will exhaust all condensation automatically without the need to manually service the machine.Best portable air conditioner: Cool off where you need it most | Eric Alt | December 17, 2020 | Popular-Science
Propane heaters are also notorious for creating lots of condensation, whereas diesel versions put out a dry heat and work well at high altitudes.
He agrees that molecules are more likely to link together by condensation reactions on land, where wet-dry cycles can occur, than in the ocean.Life on Earth may have begun in hostile hot springs | Jack J. Lee | September 24, 2020 | Science News
Mineral deposits indicate the presence of hot springs and hydrothermal activity in the planet’s past, which would have sustained the wetting and drying cycles that the two researchers see as crucial for condensation reactions to get life going.Life on Earth may have begun in hostile hot springs | Jack J. Lee | September 24, 2020 | Science News
Exhale on the cold pane, then draw a ladybug in the condensation.
There are other forms of electrical discharges not distinctly connected with the then existing condensation of moisture.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
But he is very serious, and his words sometimes chill like a condensation of Young's “Night Thoughts.”Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
By telescopic condensation of the field, Cragley was capable of bringing Deliphon on the instrument.Spacewrecked on Venus | Neil R. Jones
condensation is explained as undergoing an alteration; that means, as becoming composite.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
Evaporation and condensation, woods and glaciers, have all been brought into play.Canada and the Canadians | Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle
British Dictionary definitions for condensation
the act or process of condensing, or the state of being condensed
anything that has condensed from a vapour, esp on a window
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
anything that has been shortened, esp an abridged version of a book
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
- condensational, adjective
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Scientific definitions for condensation
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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