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Definition water that forms from warm air that comes in contact with a cold surface — such as the outside of a glass of ice water; or the process of the liquid forming


an abridgement (shortened version of writing)


anything made smaller, more compressed

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  • She slipped on a sidewalk made wet by condensation from an air conditioner.
condensation = the process or result of becoming more dense — especially a liquid formed from a gas as when water collects on the side of a cold glass
  • Snow was still thick upon the grounds, and the greenhouse windows were covered in condensation so thick that they couldn't see out of them in Herbology.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • condensation = water formed from water vapor
  • His one-volume history of the Army Air Force in the Second World War was supposed to be a readable condensation of the twenty-seven-volume Official History of the Army Air Force in World War Two.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • condensation = a shortened version (more dense)
  • Books cut shorter. Condensations.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • condensations = abridgements (shortened versions of writing)
  • She could see her reflection in the darkened glass, lips parted, eyes wide, and then the condensation of her breath obscured it.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • condensation = moisture formed from water vapor
  • Cosette was a condensation of the auroral light in the form of a woman.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • condensation = a dense image
  • Condensation streamed down the windows.
    David Almond  --  Kit's Wilderness
  • condensation = water formed from water vapor
  • It is primarily a condensation of the growing rivalry between two teen-age gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, each of which has its own prideful uniform.
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • condensation = a shortened version (telling a longer story in a shorter or condensed manner)
  • A fog of condensation had formed on the inside of the pane, so that her image appeared to him as a kind of silhouette, a vague impression of his mother at the sink, refracted and fragmented, a wash of color.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • condensation = water formed from water vapor
  • Two volumes of an encyclopedia, a book of business law, a world almanac old as the hills, some leatherbound Reader's Digest condensations.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues

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