Condenser may refer to:

  • Condenser (heat transfer), a device or unit used to condense vapor into liquid. More specific articles on some types include:
  • Condenser (optics), in classical optics gathers visible light and directs it onto a projection lens
  • Condenser (microscope), a group of lenses mounted below the stage of an optical microscope to concentrate light
  • Capacitor, formerly called a condenser, an electrical device that can store energy
  • Condenser microphone, a device that converts sound waves into an electrical signal
  • Steam locomotive condensing apparatus, a condenser fitted to steam locomotives for use in tunnels and to increase range
  • Synchronous condenser, a rotating machine similar to a motor, used to control AC power flow in electric power transmission

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  • condenser — [ kɔ̃dɑ̃se ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • 1314; lat. condensare « rendre épais », rac. densus → dense 1 ♦ Rendre (un fluide) plus dense (⇒ saturer); réduire à un plus petit volume. ⇒ comprimer. Condenser un gaz par pression. Spécialt Liquéfier… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Condenser — Con*dens er, n. 1. One who, or that which, condenses. [1913 Webster] 2. (Physic) (a) An instrument for condensing air or other elastic fluids, consisting of a cylinder having a movable piston to force the air into a receiver, and a valve to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • condenser — CONDENSER. verbe a. Rendre plus dense, plus compacte, plus serré. Le chaud raréfie les corps, le froid les condense. Il y a des machines avec lesquelles on condense l air. f♛/b] On dit: L air se condense aisément. L eau ne sauroit se condenser.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • condenser — 1680s, agent noun from CONDENSE (Cf. condense). Given a wide variety of technical uses in late 18c. and 19c …   Etymology dictionary

  • condenser — Condenser. v. a. Rendre plus dense, plus espais, plus serré. Le chaud rarefie les corps, le froid les condense. il y a des machines avec lesquelles on condense l air. Il est aussi neutre passif. L air se condense aisément …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • condenser — [kən den′sər] n. a person or thing that condenses; specif., a) an apparatus for converting gases or vapors to a liquid state b) a lens or series of lenses for concentrating light rays on an object or area: see MICROSCOPE c) Elec. CAPACITOR …   English World dictionary

  • condenser — /keuhn den seuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that condenses. 2. an apparatus for condensing. 3. any device for reducing gases or vapors to liquid or solid form. 4. Optics. a lens or combination of lenses that gathers and concentrates light in a… …   Universalium

  • condenser — (kon dan sé) v. a. 1°   Terme de physique. Rendre plus dense en parlant des gaz, des vapeurs. •   Mais, quand le ciel varie et que les vents divers Condensent tour à tour et dilatent les airs, MALFIL. Génie de Virgile..    Terme militaire.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • condenser — [[t]kənde̱nsə(r)[/t]] condensers 1) N COUNT A condenser is a device that cools gases into liquids. 2) N COUNT A condenser is a device for accumulating electric charge. Syn: capacitor …   English dictionary

  • condenser — UK [kənˈdensə(r)] / US [kənˈdensər] noun [countable] Word forms condenser : singular condenser plural condensers 1) chemistry a piece of equipment that changes gases into liquids 2) physics a piece of equipment in a car engine that stores… …   English dictionary

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