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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Condensation  \Con`den*sa"tion\,  n.  [L.  condensatio:  cf  F. 
  condensation.] 
  1.  The  act  or  process  of  condensing  or  of  being  condensed; 
  the  state  of  being  condensed. 
 
  He  [Goldsmith]  was  a  great  and  perhaps  an  unequaled 
  master  of  the  arts  of  selection  and  condensation. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  (Physics)  The  act  or  process  of  reducing,  by  depression  of 
  temperature  or  increase  of  pressure,  etc.,  to  another  and 
  denser  form  as  gas  to  the  condition  of  a  liquid  or  steam 
  to  water. 
 
  3.  (Chem.)  A  rearrangement  or  concentration  of  the  different 
  constituents  of  one  or  more  substances  into  a  distinct  and 
  definite  compound  of  greater  complexity  and  molecular 
  weight,  often  resulting  in  an  increase  of  density,  as  the 
  condensation  of  oxygen  into  ozone,  or  of  acetone  into 
  mesitylene. 
 
  {Condensation  product}  (Chem.),  a  substance  obtained  by  the 
  polymerization  of  one  substance,  or  by  the  union  of  two  or 
  more  with  or  without  separation  of  some  unimportant  side 
  products. 
 
  {Surface  condensation},  the  system  of  condensing  steam  by 
  contact  with  cold  metallic  surfaces,  in  distinction  from 
  condensation  by  the  injection  of  cold  water. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  condensation 
  n  1:  (psychoanalysis)  an  unconscious  process  whereby  two  ideas  or 
  images  combine  into  a  single  symbol;  especially  in 
  dreams 
  2:  the  process  of  changing  from  a  gaseous  to  a  liquid  or  solid 
  state 
  3:  atmospheric  moisture  that  has  condensed  because  of  cold 
  [syn:  {condensate}] 
  4:  the  process  or  result  of  becoming  smaller  or  pressed 
  together:  "the  contraction  of  a  gas  on  cooling"  [syn:  {compression}, 
  {contraction}] 
  5:  a  shortened  version  of  a  written  work  [syn:  {abridgement},  {abridgment}, 
  {capsule}] 
  6:  the  act  of  increasing  the  density  of  something  [syn:  {condensing}] 




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