If your cold glass of lemonade seems to be sweating in the heat, it's just the condensation, the little drops of water that form in the humid air. Condensation happens when a gas turns into a liquid.

That lemonade feels wet in your hand because of the condensation on the glass. As the heated air reaches the cold water, the surface of that water begins to evaporate, but it turns back to liquid. Clouds are caused by condensation as well. Condensation can also describe the act of making something shorter, like the condensation of an unabridged dictionary to one that is geared to elementary school students.

Definitions of condensation
  1. noun
    the process of changing from a gaseous to a liquid or solid state
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    action, activity, natural action, natural process
    a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
  2. noun
    atmospheric moisture that has condensed because of cold
    synonyms: condensate
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    condensation of moisture on a cold surface
    water that has condensed on a cool surface overnight from water vapor in the air
    type of:
    atmospheric phenomenon
    a physical phenomenon associated with the atmosphere
  3. noun
    the act of increasing the density of something
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    inspissation, thickening
    the act of thickening
    type of:
    compressing, compression
    applying pressure
  4. noun
    the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together
    synonyms: compression, contraction
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    coarctation, constriction
    tight or narrow compression
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    shrinkage, shrinking
    process or result of becoming less or smaller
  5. noun
    a shortened version of a written work
    synonyms: abridgement, abridgment, capsule
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    type of:
    sum-up, summary
    a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form
  6. noun
    (psychoanalysis) an unconscious process whereby two ideas or images combine into a single symbol; especially in dreams
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    type of:
    process, unconscious process
    a mental process that you are not directly aware of
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