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.
Origin of condenser
Related formsin·ter·con·dens·er, noun
First recorded in 1680–90; condense
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British Dictionary definitions for condenser
- 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
a person or device that condenses
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Word Origin and History for condenser
1680s, agent noun from condense. Given a wide variety of technical uses in late 18c. and 19c.
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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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An apparatus used to condense vapor, usually using cooling or pressurization.
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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