condenser

[ kuh n-den-ser ]
/ kənˈdɛn sər /

noun

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

First recorded in 1680–90; condense + -er1

Related forms

in·ter·con·dens·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for condenser

condenser

/ (kənˈdɛnsə) /

noun

  1. an apparatus for reducing gases to their liquid or solid form by the abstraction of heat
  2. 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
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Medicine definitions for condenser

condenser

[ kən-dĕnsər ]

n.

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.
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Science definitions for condenser

condenser

[ kən-dĕnsər ]

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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