Definition of condense in English:

condense

Syllabification: con·dense
Pronunciation: /kənˈdens
 
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verb

1 [with object] Make (something) denser or more concentrated: the limestones of the Jurassic age are condensed into a mere 11 feet
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  • ‘Wood is condensed solar energy with leaves,’ he says.
  • Cell division is arrested during metaphase, when the chromosome material is condensed.
  • A great deal of work had had to be condensed into a relatively short period of time.
1.1Express (a piece of writing or speech) in fewer words; make concise: he condensed the three plays into a three-hour drama
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  • True, some of this material could have been condensed.
  • Knowledge of the Vedas has been condensed into 555 short lines.
  • This is condensed from an essay Siegel wrote for the New York Observer.
Synonyms
abridge, shorten, cut, abbreviate, compact; summarize, synopsize, précis; truncate, curtailabridged, shortened, cut, compressed, abbreviated, reduced, truncated, concise; outline, thumbnail, capsule
2Change or cause to change from a gas or vapor to a liquid: [no object]: the moisture vapor in the air condenses into droplets of water [with object]: the cold air was condensing his breath
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  • Then, while still contracting, the star cools through yellow and red-hot, and the protyle condenses into progressively heavier elements.
  • This creates enough pressure to force the ammonia vapour into another vessel, where it condenses into a liquid.
  • What results is a super-saturated vapour, which cools to near ambient temperatures in a few milliseconds and condenses into the aerosol particles that make up the smoke.
Synonyms
precipitate, liquefy, become liquid, deliquesce

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French condenser or Latin condensare, from condensus 'very thick', from con- 'completely' + densus 'dense'.

Derivatives

condensable

adjective
More example sentences
  • First, the work - if it contains inspiration, glee, sorrow; if it is complex, actually provocative or disturbing - is not easily condensable to those three paragraphs allowed the script-reader.
  • But they also get booked because they're quick with the quote: they help to feed an omnivorous media machine hungry for thoughts condensable into a dozen words that will make one side or another angry.
  • As shown in Table 1, the refractory lithophiles and siderophiles constitute about 1 per cent by mass of the total condensable material (rock + ices) in the solar nebula.

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