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Definition of CONDENSE

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Condense \Con*dense"\, v. i.
     1. To become more compact; to be reduced into a denser form. [1913 Webster]

              Nitrous acid is gaseous at ordinary temperatures, but condenses into a very volatile liquid at the zero of Fahrenheit.                   --H. Spencer. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Chem.)
        (a) To combine or unite (as two chemical substances) with or without separation of some unimportant side products. (b) To undergo polymerization. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Condense \Con*dense"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Condensed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Condensing}.] [L. condensare; con- + densare to make thick or dense, densus thick, dense: cf. F. condenser. See {Dense}, and cf. {Condensate}.]
     1. To make more close, compact, or dense; to compress or concentrate into a smaller compass; to consolidate; to abridge; to epitomize. [1913 Webster]

              In what shape they choose,
              Dilated or condensed, bright or obscure. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              The secret course pursued at Brussels and at Madrid may be condensed into the usual formula, dissimulation, procrastination, and again dissimulation.                        --Motley. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Chem. & Physics) To reduce into another and denser form, as by cold or pressure; as, to condense gas into a liquid form, or steam into water. [1913 Webster]

     {Condensed milk}, milk reduced to the consistence of very thick cream by evaporation (usually with addition of sugar) for preservation and transportation.

     {Condensing engine}, a steam engine in which the steam is condensed after having exerted its force on the piston.

     Syn: To compress; contract; crowd; thicken; concentrate; abridge; epitomize; reduce. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Condense \Con*dense"\, a. [L. condensus.] Condensed; compact; dense. [R.] [1913 Webster]

           The huge condense bodies of planets.     --Bentley. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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