American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To reduce the volume or compass of.
- v. To make more concise; abridge or shorten.
- v. Physics To cause (a gas or vapor) to change to a liquid.
- v. Physics To remove water from (milk, for example).
- v. To become more compact.
- v. To undergo condensation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make more dense or compact; reduce the volume or compass of; bring into closer union of parts; consolidate; compress: used both literally and figuratively.
- In chem. and physical, to reduce to another and denser form, as a gas or vapor to the condition of a liquid or of a solid, as by pressure or abstraction of heat.
- Synonyms To concentrate, contract, crowd together, inspissate; to abridge, shorten, reduce, epitomize, abbreviate; to solidify.
- To become denser or more compact, as the particles of a body; become liquid or solid, as a gas or vapor.
- Close in texture or composition; compact; dense.
- v. transitive To decrease size or volume by concentration toward the essence.
- v. intransitive, chemistry To transform from a gaseous state into a liquid state via condensation.
- adj. archaic Condensed; compact; dense.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make more close, compact, or dense; to compress or concentrate into a smaller compass; to consolidate; to abridge; to epitomize.
- v. (Chem. & Physics) To reduce into another and denser form, as by cold or pressure.
- v. To become more compact; to be reduced into a denser form.
- v. To combine or unite (as two chemical substances) with or without separation of some unimportant side products.
- v. To undergo polymerization.
- adj. rare Condensed; compact; dense.
- v. undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops
- v. remove water from
- v. cause a gas or vapor to change into a liquid
- v. make more concise
- v. become more compact or concentrated
- v. develop due to condensation
- v. compress or concentrate
- From Latin condensare. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English condensen, from Old French condenser, from Latin condēnsāre : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + dēnsāre, to thicken (from dēnsus, thick). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“How do small grains of dust which condense from the nebula gas manifest into planet-sized-objects that contain an inventory of so many different elements and materials?”
“BUT if, after a seeming Tendency to Rain, there follow several Days of fine Weather, it is a certain Indication that the Temper of the Air is altered, and that these Vapours had been driven off before they had time to condense, which is confirmed by the Change of the Wind on such”
“So what this does is kind of condense the calendar.”
“And this is exactly the purpose for the great amount of repetition in the Bible and is the reason why it is so evil for someone like Reader's Digest to "condense" the Scriptures by removing the supposedly unnecessary and boring repetition.”
“She won't see the quarks and gluons directly, but will watch the process as they "condense" into more familiar protons neutrons. detectors will hunt for the Higgs.”
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“A large collection of bosons at high temperatures will occupy many different energy states, but at a temperature close to absolute zero, all of the particles will "condense" into the lowest-energy state available.”
“The IRS also said it would allow businesses to "condense" data—or reduce the detail—for years not under audit.”
“Great novel, great movie, and the astonishing thing is how perfectly the director figured out how to condense a loooong novel into 2.5 hours without losing anything crucial either to the plot or to the emotional impact.”
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