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What does evaporation mean?
Evaporation is the process of changing from a liquid or solid state into vapor (like fog, mist, or steam).
Evaporation is a noun form of the verb evaporate. Both terms are typically used in the context of water turning into water vapor.
Water evaporates when it changes into steam through boiling, but in scientific terms, evaporation typically refers to the change of a liquid into a vapor at a temperature below the boiling point, such as the evaporation of water from the surface of the ocean. In this way, evaporation is an important part of the water cycle.
The verb evaporate can also be used in a figurative way meaning to disappear, and evaporation can be used in this figurative way as well.
Example: The evaporation of the dew from the grass each morning happens more quickly in the sunny parts of the yard.
Where does evaporation come from?
The first records of the word evaporation come from the 1300s. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb ēvapōrāre, meaning “to disperse in vapor.” The word vapor is at the heart of evaporation and comes from the Latin word meaning “steam.”
When you leave out a glass of water and it eventually dries up, it doesn’t just disappear—it evaporates (which, yes, is a bit like disappearing into thin air). Scientifically speaking, evaporation takes place at the surface of a liquid, where the molecules with the highest kinetic energy (the ones with the highest temperature) are able to escape—often by floating off into the atmosphere. This means that evaporation is often a result of added heat, such as from a burner on the stove or the sun.
Evaporation is one step in the water cycle, in which water, such as on the surface of oceans, lakes, and other bodies of water, turns into water vapor. The cycle continues as the vapor condenses to form clouds and is then released through precipitation, such as rain and snow.
Evaporation is usually discussed in the context of liquids, but it can happen to solids, too. If you leave ice cubes in your freezer, they’ll eventually evaporate.
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How is evaporation used in real life?
Evaporation is commonly used in the context of the water cycle.
What is the water cycle? This animated video explains how rain forms and explains how rainfall, evaporation and condensation all form part of the #water cycle. https://t.co/sLrK7GcAam#homeschoolingUK #homelearningUK pic.twitter.com/GsRGrcDa4D
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— Amarillo Lawn Sprinkler (@AmarilloLawn) April 15, 2020
The Grifton tower cam (courtesy of WITN) captured some pesky fog over Contentnea Creek and the Neuse River this morning. Notice it is mainly confined over water: the air temp is around 34° but the water temps are around 61-62°. The result is evaporation (or steam) fog. pic.twitter.com/CmlsUe2Ve6
— NWS Newport/Morehead (@NWSMoreheadCity) April 16, 2020
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The recession has resulted in the evaporation of jobs in several industries.
Example sentences from the Web for evaporation
Yet the media portrays an automatic evaporation of mission for women like me.It’s time to end the TV trope of the needy empty-nest mom|Michele Weldon|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
The cool air produced by that evaporation is then trapped in the fabric.The Kora Xenolith Is My Secret Weapon Against the Cold|Wes Siler|February 2, 2021|Outside Online
In particular, the researchers wanted to simulate how both the thickness and the brightness of the clouds — and therefore their cooling effect — might evolve over time, as a result of processes like rainfall and evaporation.Ship exhaust studies overestimate cooling from pollution-altered clouds|Carolyn Gramling|February 1, 2021|Science News
Most evaporation humidifiers use filtration, and some even take it to the next level with mold- and bacteria-destroying UV light, making these the best choice for managing asthma and allergies alike.The best humidifier: Fight dry air (and a dry nose) all winter long|PopSci Commerce Team|January 15, 2021|Popular Science
This crisp, classic potato latke recipe delivers a satisfying, celebratory crunchGiving potatoes enough room to breathe while cooking is also key to encouraging the rapid evaporation of moisture.
Like Earth, Titan has weather, with evaporation, clouds, rain, and wind.
Unless big storms hit, summer evaporation and lawn-watering is going to push things back into the critical mode.California May Have Its Driest Season in 500 Years|Kate Galbraith|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With the drought and fire came high winds, dust storms, record temperatures, and ramped up evaporation levels.The Texas Drought Seen Firsthand from the Eyes of Ranchers|Malcolm Jones|August 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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This evaporation of the sea water is proportional to the temperature and to the dryness of the air where it rests upon the ocean.Outlines of the Earth's History|Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
After the Mormon fiasco and the evaporation of the Fieldingites, another denomination took it.Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
Salt was at first obtained by the evaporation of sea-water, but was afterwards mined.The Private Life of the Romans|Harold Whetstone Johnston
There being no soil, the fountains disappeared; there being no evaporation, the rains diminished.Overland|John William De Forest
The ether, on evaporation, left the ester which was crystallized from water and dried in a desiccator over sulphuric acid.Some Constituents of the Poison Ivy Plant: (Rhus Toxicodendron)|William Anderson Syme