- To condense is to make something shorter or more concentrated, or to cause to change from a gas or vapor to a liquid.
- When you take a paper that is two pages and shorten it to one, this is an example of a time when you condense the paper.
- When a cool air temperature makes steam turn to water, this is an example of a time when the air condenses the steam.
transitive verbcondensed, condensing
- to make more dense or compact; reduce the volume of; compress
- to express in fewer words; make concise; abridge
- to change (a substance) to a denser form, as from a gas to a liquid
- Chem. to cause molecules of (the same or different substances) to combine to form a more complex compound, often with elimination of a simple molecule, as water
Origin of condenseFrench condenser ; from Classical Latin condensare ; from condensus, very dense ; from com-, intensive + densus, dense
verbcon·densed, con·dens·ing, con·dens·es
- a. To make more dense or compact: gravity condensing matter into stars.b. To concentrate (a substance), especially by removing water.
- To make more concise; abridge or shorten: condensed the list of guests.
- To cause (a gas or vapor) to change to a liquid.
- To become more dense or compact.
- To undergo condensation.
Origin of condenseMiddle English condensen, from Old French condenser, from Latin condēnsāre : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + dēnsāre, to thicken (from dēnsus, thick).
- con·dens′a·ble, con·dens′i·ble
(third-person singular simple present condenses, present participle condensing, simple past and past participle condensed)
- To decrease size or volume by concentration toward the essence.
- An abridged dictionary can be further condensed to pocket size.
- Boiling off water condenses a thin sauce into a soupier mixture.
- To make more close, compact, or dense; to compress or concentrate.
- (intransitive, chemistry) To transform from a gaseous state into a liquid state via condensation.
(comparative more condense, superlative most condense)