evaporation

[ih-vap-uh-rey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of evaporating.
2.
the state of being evaporated.
3.
Archaic. matter or the quantity of matter evaporated or passed off in vapor.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English evaporacioun < Latin ēvapōrātiōn- (stem of ēvapōrātiō). See evaporate, -ion

evaporative [ih-vap-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] , adjective
evaporatively, adverb
nonevaporation, noun
nonevaporative, adjective
preevaporation, noun
unevaporative, adjective

evanescence, evaporation, liquefaction, melting, thawing, transpiration, vaporization.
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evaporate (ɪˈvæpəˌreɪt)
 
vb
1.  Compare boil to change or cause to change from a liquid or solid state to a vapour
2.  to lose or cause to lose liquid by vaporization, leaving a more concentrated residue
3.  to disappear or cause to disappear; fade away or cause to fade away: all her doubts evaporated
4.  (tr) to deposit (a film, metal, etc) by vaporization of a liquid or solid and the subsequent condensation of its vapour
 
[C16: from Late Latin ēvapōrāre, from Latin vapor steam; see vapour]
 
e'vaporable
 
adj
 
evapora'bility
 
n
 
evapo'ration
 
n
 
e'vaporative
 
adj
 
e'vaporator
 
n

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evaporation
late 14c., from L. evaporationem (nom. evaporatio), from evaporare "disperse in vapor or steam," from ex- "out" + vapor "steam" (see vapor).
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evaporation e·vap·o·ra·tion (ĭ-vāp'ə-rā'shən)
n.

  1. A change from liquid to vapor form.

  2. Loss of volume of a liquid by conversion into vapor. Also called volatilization.

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evaporation   (ĭ-vāp'ə-rā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The change of a liquid into a vapor at a temperature below the boiling point. Evaporation takes place at the surface of a liquid, where molecules with the highest kinetic energy are able to escape. When this happens, the average kinetic energy of the liquid is lowered, and its temperature decreases.
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evaporation definition


The changing of a liquid into a gas, often under the influence of heat (as in the boiling of water). (See vaporization.)

Note: The evaporation of water from the oceans is a major component in the hydrologic cycle.
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Example sentences
One way to keep costs down is through a process called multiple-effect
  evaporation.
Hurricanes are fueled by the evaporation of warm ocean water.
Replacing trees with shallow-rooted grasses reduces evaporation of transpired
  water and increases runoff.
It's caused by changes in surface tension due to the differing evaporation
  rates of alcohol and water.
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