Definitions for: Condenser


[n] an electrical device characterized by its capacity to store an electric charge
[n] lens used to concentrate light on an object
[n] a hollow coil that condenses by abstracting heat
[n] an apparatus that converts vapor into liquid



Webster (1913) Definition: Con*dens"er, n.
1. One who, or that which, condenses.

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 prevent its escape.
(b) An instrument for concentrating electricity by the
effect of induction between conducting plates
separated by a nonconducting plate.
(c) A lens or mirror, usually of short focal distance,
used to concentrate light upon an object.



3. (Chem.) An apparatus for receiving and condensing the
volatile products of distillation to a liquid or solid
form, by cooling.

4. (Steam Engine) An apparatus, separate from the cylinder,
in which the exhaust steam is condensed by the action of
cold water or air. See Illust. of Steam engine.

Achromatic condenser (Optics), an achromatic lens used as a
condenser.

Bull's-eye condenser, or Bull's-eye (Optics), a lens of
short focal distance used for concentrating rays of light.


Injection condenser, a vessel in which steam is condensed
by the direct contact of water.

Surface condenser, an apparatus for condensing steam,
especially the exhaust of a steam engine, by bringing it
into contact with metallic surface cooled by water or air.

Synonyms: capacitance, capacitor, electrical condenser, optical condenser

See Also: Abbe condenser, apparatus, bypass capacitor, bypass condenser, circuit, coil, distributer, distributor, electric circuit, electrical circuit, electrical device, electrical distributor, electrolytic, electrolytic capacitor, electrolytic condenser, Leiden jar, lens, lens system, Leyden jar, Liebig condenser, reflux condenser, setup, still, trimmer, trimming capacitor

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