from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A device for evaporating water into steam.
  • noun A device, used in connection with gasolene-engines, to transform the liquid hydrocarbon into a gas or vapor by heat or by fine subdivision in a current of air.
  • noun Any apparatus used to facilitate the evaporation of the water contained in fruit, vegetable juices, saline liquids, glue, syrups, etc.; a furnace or pan used in condensing vegetable and other juices.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An apparatus for condensing vegetable juices, or for drying fruit by heat.
  • noun Any device designed to evaporate a fluid.
  • noun The portion of a refrigeration system in which the refrigerant evaporates and thus absorbs heat.
  • noun (Chem.) a device used in laboratories in which a liquid is evaporated by reducing the pressure and applying heat, while rotating the liquid in a vessel such as a round-bottomed flask. The reduced pressure speeds the evaporation process and allows the evaporation to be conducted at temperatures lower than would otgherwise be possible, thus reducing decomposition of unstable substances. The rotation also serves to increase the surface area from which evaporation takes place and to reduce the effect of "bumping", the sudden burst of vaporization that can scatter liquid exposed to reduced pressure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A piece of equipment used to evaporate the solvent from a solution
  • noun The part of a refrigerator that absorbs heat by evaporating a refrigerant


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