1Water that collects as droplets on a cold surface when humid air is in contact with it.
- Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces by adding insulation.
- If the warm packages are handled with unsterile hands or placed on cold surfaces where condensation may form, the sterility of the package may be compromised.
- It can help to reduce building maintenance requirements by eliminating or drastically reducing condensation on the interior surfaces of windows, particularly in cold climates.
moisture, water droplets, steam
2The conversion of a vapor or gas to a liquid.
- If the air parcel is cooled, the gaseous water molecules slow down and take a liquid form, so condensation dominates.
- A gas changing to a liquid is condensation and a liquid changing to a solid is freezing.
- There was probably a lot of sulphur, sulphuric acid, a lot of carbonation and condensation, all very damaging to the concrete.
precipitation, liquefaction, deliquescence
2.1 (also condensation reaction) Chemistry A reaction in which two molecules combine to form a larger molecule, producing a small molecule such as H2O as a byproduct.
- The first synthetic polymer produced by a condensation reaction was Bakelite.
- Peptide bond formation is a condensation reaction leading to the polymerization of amino acids into peptides and proteins.
- Imide resins are prepared by the condensation of an anhydride and diamine, via a polyamic acid intermediate.
2.2 Psychology The fusion of two or more images, ideas, or symbolic meanings into a single composite or new image, as a primary process in unconscious thought exemplified in dreams.
- Freud analyses what he calls the technique of jokes, and points out that some of the mechanisms employed are indeed to be found in dreams; in particular, condensation, and the substitution of one word for another.
- As Jones pointed out, any symbol is the result of psychological condensation.
- The work of condensation in dreams is seen at its clearest when it handles words and names.
3A concise version of something, especially a text: a readable condensation of the recent literature
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- We have one other major article, a condensation of a piece by Dave Snowden from the Journal of Knowledge Management.
- He has written about a hundred short stories, many articles, condensations of Ramayan and Mahabharat, Chalantika, a much-used Bengali dictionary and translated the Gita and Meghdoot.
- So I offer the following condensations on the basis that they'll either inspire trips to the bookshop, or save you the bother.
Early 17th century: from late Latin condensatio(n-), from condensare 'press close together' (see condense).
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