from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To reduce the volume or compass of.
  • transitive v. To make more concise; abridge or shorten.
  • transitive v. Physics To cause (a gas or vapor) to change to a liquid.
  • transitive v. Physics To remove water from (milk, for example).
  • intransitive v. To become more compact.
  • intransitive v. To undergo condensation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To decrease size or volume by concentration toward the essence.
  • v. To transform from a gaseous state into a liquid state via condensation.
  • adj. Condensed; compact; dense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Condensed; compact; dense.
  • intransitive v. To become more compact; to be reduced into a denser form.
  • intransitive v.
  • intransitive v. To combine or unite (as two chemical substances) with or without separation of some unimportant side products.
  • intransitive v. To undergo polymerization.
  • transitive v. To make more close, compact, or dense; to compress or concentrate into a smaller compass; to consolidate; to abridge; to epitomize.
  • transitive v. To reduce into another and denser form, as by cold or pressure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make more dense or compact; reduce the volume or compass of; bring into closer union of parts; consolidate; compress: used both literally and figuratively.
  • In chem. and physical, to reduce to another and denser form, as a gas or vapor to the condition of a liquid or of a solid, as by pressure or abstraction of heat.
  • Synonyms To concentrate, contract, crowd together, inspissate; to abridge, shorten, reduce, epitomize, abbreviate; to solidify.
  • To become denser or more compact, as the particles of a body; become liquid or solid, as a gas or vapor.
  • Close in texture or composition; compact; dense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops
  • v. remove water from
  • v. cause a gas or vapor to change into a liquid
  • v. make more concise
  • v. become more compact or concentrated
  • v. develop due to condensation
  • v. compress or concentrate


Middle English condensen, from Old French condenser, from Latin condēnsāre : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + dēnsāre, to thicken (from dēnsus, thick).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin condensare. (Wiktionary)



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