from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To convert or change into a vapor.
- transitive v. To draw off in the form of vapor.
- transitive v. To draw moisture from, as by heating, leaving only the dry solid portion.
- transitive v. To deposit (a metal) on a substrate by vacuum sublimation.
- intransitive v. To change into vapor.
- intransitive v. To pass off in or as vapor.
- intransitive v. To produce vapor.
- intransitive v. To disappear; vanish: Our fears at last evaporated. See Synonyms at disappear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To transition from a liquid state into a gaseous state.
- v. To disappear
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To pass off in vapor, as a fluid; to escape and be dissipated, either in visible vapor, or in particles too minute to be visible.
- intransitive v. To escape or pass off without effect; to be dissipated; to be wasted, .
- transitive v. To convert from a liquid or solid state into vapor (usually) by the agency of heat; to dissipate in vapor or fumes.
- transitive v. To expel moisture from (usually by means of artificial heat), leaving the solid portion; to subject to evaporation.
- transitive v. To give vent to; to dissipate.
- adj. Dispersed in vapors.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pass off in vapor, as a fluid; escape and be dissipated in vapor, either visible or invisible; exhale.
- Figuratively, to escape or pass off without effect; be dissipated; be wasted: as, anger that evaporates in words; the spirit of a writer often evaporates in a translation.
- To convert or resolve into vapor; dissipate in fumes or steam; convert from a solid or liquid state into a gaseous state; vaporize: as, heat evaporates water.
- Figuratively, to waste; dissipate.
- Dispersed in vapors.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become less intense and fade away gradually
- v. change into a vapor
- v. cause to change into a vapor
- v. lose or cause to lose liquid by vaporization leaving a more concentrated residue
Middle English evaporaten, from Latin ēvapōrāre, ēvapōrāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + vapor, steam.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)