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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Condense


CONDENSE, verb transitive [Latin , to make thick or close. See Dense.]

1. To make more close, thick or compact; to cause the particles of a body to approach, or to unite more closely, either by their own attraction or affinity, or by mechanical force. Thus, vapor is said to be condensed into water by the application of cold; and air is condensed in a tube by pressure. Hence the word is sometimes equivalent to compress.

2. To make thick; to inspissate; applied to soft compressible substances.

3. To compress into a smaller compass, or into a close body; to crowd; applied to separate individuals. Thus we say to condense ideas into a smaller compass.

CONDENSE, verb intransitive To become close or more compact, as the particles of a body; to approach or unite more closely; to grow thick.

Vapors condense and coalesce into small parcels.

CONDENSE, adjective Close in texture or composition; compact; firm; dense; condensated. [See Dense, which is generally used.]