physical change

Definitions of physical change

n a change from one state (solid or liquid or gas) to another without a change in chemical composition

phase change, phase transition, state change
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freeze, freezing
the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid
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
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
Type of:
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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