Evaporation takes place when liquid turns into gas. Ever noticed how water disappears from a glass if you leave it sitting on your counter? That's not thirsty gnomes living in your kitchen: it’s evaporation.

Evaporation comes from the Latin evaporare, which means “disperse in vapor or steam.” Depending on the humidity level of the air around it, any liquid will release some of its molecules into the atmosphere around it. That’s evaporation. With time, the liquid can fully evaporate. That's why evaporation can apply to anything that disappears, like the evaporation of your money that leaves you with nothing but an empty wallet.

Definitions of evaporation
  1. noun
    the process of becoming a vapor
    synonyms: vapor, vaporisation, vaporization, vapour
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    the application of heat to change something from a liquid to a gas
    clouding, clouding up
    the process whereby water particles become visible in the sky
    smoke, smoking
    a hot vapor containing fine particles of carbon being produced by combustion
    decoction mashing, decoction process
    (brewing) a process in which part of the mash is removed and boiled and then returned
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    phase change, phase transition, physical change, state change
    a change from one state (solid or liquid or gas) to another without a change in chemical composition
  2. noun
    the process of extracting moisture
    synonyms: dehydration, desiccation, drying up
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    freeze-drying, lyophilisation, lyophilization
    a method of drying food or blood plasma or pharmaceuticals or tissue without destroying their physical structure; material is frozen and then warmed in a vacuum so that the ice sublimes
    the process of thickening by dehydration
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    the process of obtaining something from a mixture or compound by chemical or physical or mechanical means
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