condensation

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.

Primary Meanings of condensation

1.
n
the process of changing from a gaseous to a liquid or solid state
2.
n
the act of increasing the density of something
3.
n
(psychoanalysis) an unconscious process whereby two ideas or images combine into a single symbol; especially in dreams
Full Definitions of condensation
1

n the process of changing from a gaseous to a liquid or solid state

Type of:
action, activity, natural action, natural process
a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

n atmospheric moisture that has condensed because of cold

Synonyms:
condensate
Types:
sweat
condensation of moisture on a cold surface
dew
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
2

n the act of increasing the density of something

Synonyms:
condensing
Types:
inspissation, thickening
the act of thickening
Type of:
compressing, compression
applying pressure

n the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together

Synonyms:
compression, contraction
Types:
coarctation, constriction
tight or narrow compression
Type of:
shrinkage, shrinking
process or result of becoming less or smaller

n a shortened version of a written work

Synonyms:
abridgement, abridgment, capsule
Type of:
sum-up, summary
a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form
3

n (psychoanalysis) an unconscious process whereby two ideas or images combine into a single symbol; especially in dreams

Type of:
process, unconscious process
a mental process that you are not directly aware of

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