To condense is to make something shorter or more concentrated, or to cause to change from a gas or vapor to a liquid.verb
- 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.
- 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: Fr condenser < L condensare < condensus, very dense < com-, intens. + densus, dense
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verb con·densed, con·dens·ing, con·dens·es verb, transitive
- To reduce the volume or compass of.
- To make more concise; abridge or shorten.
- Physics a. To cause (a gas or vapor) to change to a liquid.b. To remove water from (milk, for example).
- To become more compact.
- To undergo condensation.
Origin: Middle English condensen, from Old French condenser, from Latin condēnsāre : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + dēnsāre, to thicken (from dēnsus, thick).
- con·densˌa·bilˈi·ty noun
- con·densˈa·ble, con·densˈi·ble adjective