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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
condensed milk
sweetened condensed milk
condensed soup
▪ During cold nights, air condenses on the grass to form dew.
▪ Hawkins condensed all his writings into one volume for publication.
▪ How could he condense all he had lived through into a sixty-minute speech?
▪ I'd like to condense that statement still further.
▪ Medved's article was condensed in Reader's Digest.
▪ Steam from the shower condensed on the cold bathroom mirror.
▪ The gaseous metal is put in a closed container and cooled so that it condenses into liquid zinc.
▪ Try insulating the water pipes to prevent moisture from condensing on them.
▪ Intelligence here is her noticing how loaded and metaphoric and condensed something seen can be.
▪ It not only blocks any soffit vents but can cause water vapor to condense into water any time of the year.
▪ The air becomes fog and condenses.
▪ The water produced would be condensed and stored for recycling.
▪ They use technology from the firm's successful YZ426F crosser, but condensed into a smaller package.
▪ To save space these are condensed on two staves.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Condense \Con*dense"\, v. i.

  1. To become more compact; to be reduced into a denser form.

    Nitrous acid is gaseous at ordinary temperatures, but condenses into a very volatile liquid at the zero of Fahrenheit.
    --H. Spencer.

  2. (Chem.)

    1. To combine or unite (as two chemical substances) with or without separation of some unimportant side products.

    2. To undergo polymerization.


Condense \Con*dense"\, a. [L. condensus.] Condensed; compact; dense. [R.]

The huge condense bodies of planets.


Condense \Con*dense"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Condensed; p. pr. & vb. n. Condensing.] [L. condensare; con- + densare to make thick or dense, densus thick, dense: cf. F. condenser. See Dense, and cf. Condensate.]

  1. To make more close, compact, or dense; to compress or concentrate into a smaller compass; to consolidate; to abridge; to epitomize.

    In what shape they choose, Dilated or condensed, bright or obscure.

    The secret course pursued at Brussels and at Madrid may be condensed into the usual formula, dissimulation, procrastination, and again dissimulation.

  2. (Chem. & Physics) To reduce into another and denser form, as by cold or pressure; as, to condense gas into a liquid form, or steam into water.

    Condensed milk, milk reduced to the consistence of very thick cream by evaporation (usually with addition of sugar) for preservation and transportation.

    Condensing engine, a steam engine in which the steam is condensed after having exerted its force on the piston.

    Syn: To compress; contract; crowd; thicken; concentrate; abridge; epitomize; reduce.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Middle French condenser (14c.) or directly from Latin condensare "to make dense," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + densare "make thick," from densus "dense, thick, crowded," a word used of crowds, darkness, clouds, etc. (see dense).

  1. (context archaic English) Condensed; compact; dense. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To decrease size or volume by concentration toward the essence. 2 To make more close, compact, or dense; to compress or concentrate. 3 (context intransitive chemistry English) To transform from a gaseous state into a liquid state via condensation.

  1. v. undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops; "water condenses"; "The acid distills at a specific temperature" [syn: distill, distil]

  2. make more concise; "condense the contents of a book into a summary" [syn: digest, concentrate]

  3. remove water from; "condense the milk"

  4. cause a gas or vapor to change into a liquid; "The cold air condensed the steam"

  5. become more compact or concentrated; "Her feelings condensed"

  6. develop due to condensation; "All our planets condensed out of the same material"

  7. compress or concentrate; "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan" [syn: concentrate, contract]


Usage examples of "condense".

A heavy purplish vapor in the crucible condensed on the walls into black, flakey crystals.

These pellets combine the pure, concentrated, active principles of several vegetable alteratives, and the result is, that within the small compass of a few grains he has most happily blended and chemically condensed these properties so that their action upon the ANIMAL ECONOMY is sanative and universal.

But when the universe expanded and cooled the Higgs field condensed out, like a frost settling on blades of grass.

We remark the fact that in the higher of these agglomerations of condensed vapour, the clouds which float at an elevation of from twenty to thirty thousand feet or more, the masses are generally thin, and arranged more or less in a leaflike form, though even here a tendency to produce spherical clouds is apparent.

Even though the day outside was stunningly clear and bright, harsh sunlight spilling across the dark black of the nonskid on the flight deck, there was always the danger of icing as moisture from the air condensed on metal surfaces.

The vapor of iodine, in condensing at the ordinary temperature on the surface of the papers to which any kind of size has been applied in various places, produces differences which are most commonly well recognized by the greater or less transparence of the paste of the paper.

All knowledge can be put into a kind of pemican, so that we can have it condensed.

Do you remember that time you gave a Venusian guppy a can of condensed milk in exchange for a pinfire opal not as big as the city clock?

Light bulky powders absorb more than heavy ones, because of the greater condensing surface.

FBI agents did create records of interviews and other investigative efforts, but there were no reports officers to condense the information into meaningful intelligence that could be retrieved and disseminated.

The salts of mercury are volatile, and, if heated with a reducing agent or some body capable of fixing the acid, metallic mercury is given off, which may be condensed and collected.

But this skin on this lady belly and hips put me in mind of that time Daddy take me to visit my granny in the town, how Granny put me on she knee and give me cocoa-tea to drink that she make by grating the cocoa and nutmeg into the hot milk, how Granny did wearing a brown velvet dress and I never touch velvet, before neither since, and I just sit there so on Granny knee, running my thumb across a little piece of she sleeve over and over again, drinking hot cocoa-tea with plenty condensed milk.

Without foam insulation the subfreezing temperatures of the deep would condense the moisture from their breathing and ice up the hull.

The trills translated to a formula for condensing large numbers into small.

Inside her head, she was already sorting through and condensing her report to the barest essentials.