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condenser

[kuh n-den-ser] /kənˈdɛn sər/
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
1680-1690
1680-90; condense + -er1
Related forms
intercondenser, noun
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Examples from the web for condenser
  • 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.
  • Cooling towers remove heat from condenser water via direct-contact evaporation in a cool air stream.
  • The condenser plays this role by rejecting the necessary heat into the cold sink: the surrounding environment.
  • Monitor outdoor conditions and reset the condenser-water temperature accordingly.
  • The unused steam is exhausted in to the condenser where it condensed into water.
  • If a facility has control equipment, such as a condenser, the emissions can be multiplied by the control factor.
  • The unused steam is exhausted to the condenser where it is condensed into water.
British Dictionary definitions for condenser

condenser

/kənˈdɛnsə/
noun
1.
  1. an apparatus for reducing gases to their liquid or solid form by the abstraction of heat
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for condenser
n.

1680s, agent noun from condense. Given a wide variety of technical uses in late 18c. and 19c.

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condenser in Medicine

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 in Science
condenser
  (kən-děn'sər)   
  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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