condenser

[kuhn-den-ser]
noun
1.
a person or thing that condenses.
2.
an apparatus for condensing.
3.
any device for reducing gases or vapors to liquid or solid form.
4.
Optics. a lens or combination of lenses that gathers and concentrates light in a specified direction, often used to direct light onto the projection lens in a projection system.
5.
Electricity, capacitor.

Origin:
1680–90; condense + -er1

intercondenser, noun
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condenser (kənˈdɛnsə)
 
n
1.  a.  an apparatus for reducing gases to their liquid or solid form by the abstraction of heat
 b.  a device for abstracting heat, as in a refrigeration unit
2.  a lens that concentrates light into a small area
3.  another name for capacitor
4.  a person or device that condenses

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condenser
1680s, from condense. Given a wide variety of technical uses in late 18c. and 19c.
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condenser con·dens·er (kən-děn'sər)
n.

  1. An apparatus for cooling a gas in order to convert it to to a liquid.

  2. An instrument for packing a material into a cavity of a tooth.

  3. The simple or compound lens on a microscope that is used to focus light on the specimen under observation.

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condenser   (kən-děn'sər)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. An apparatus used to condense vapor, usually using cooling or pressurization.

  2. See capacitor.

  3. A mirror, lens, or combination of lenses used to gather light and direct it upon an object or through a projection lens.


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Example sentences
For example, a steam engine that has more heat applied to its boiler has more
  water forming in its condenser.
The mixture would be heated and drawn up through a condenser tube, which was
  surrounded by cold water.
The flask is rotated to prevent the liquid from violently bumping material over
  to the condenser side.
Clean the condenser coils on your refrigerator annually and check door seals to
  ensure they are airtight.
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