- a person or thing that condenses.
- an apparatus for condensing.
- any device for reducing gases or vapors to liquid or solid form.
- Optics. a lens or combination of lenses that gathers and concentrates light in a specified direction, often used to direct light onto the projection lens in a projection system.
- Electricity. capacitor.
Origin of condenser
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Examples from the Web for condenser
Roger shut off the engine and followed by the others, he darted to the condenser.
I'm sure they'll be interested in finishing the condenser for me.
When the meteor pierced the turbine, the water in the condenser began to boil.All Day September
It is recommended that each ship be given its own condenser.Operations Upon the Sea
This knob here controls a condenser, and this one a transformer.The Radio Boys at the Sending Station
- an apparatus for reducing gases to their liquid or solid form by the abstraction of heat
- a device for abstracting heat, as in a refrigeration unit
- a lens that concentrates light into a small area
- another name for capacitor
- a person or device that condenses
Word Origin and History for condenser
1680s, agent noun from condense. Given a wide variety of technical uses in late 18c. and 19c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An apparatus for cooling a gas in order to convert it to to a liquid.
- An instrument for packing a material into a cavity of a tooth.
- The simple or compound lens on a microscope that is used to focus light on the specimen under observation.
- An apparatus used to condense vapor, usually using cooling or pressurization.
- See capacitor.
- A mirror, lens, or combination of lenses used to gather light and direct it upon an object or through a projection lens.
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