phase transition

Definitions of phase transition
  1. noun
    a change from one state (solid or liquid or gas) to another without a change in chemical composition
    synonyms: phase change, physical change, state change
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    freeze, freezing
    the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid
    liquefaction
    the conversion of a solid or a gas into a liquid
    melt, melting, thaw, thawing
    the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid
    evaporation, vapor, vaporisation, vaporization, vapour
    the process of becoming a vapor
    boiling
    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
    dissolution, dissolving
    the process of going into solution
    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
    frost, icing
    the formation of frost or ice on a surface
    smoke, smoking
    a hot vapor containing fine particles of carbon being produced by combustion
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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)
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