[syn: condenser, optical condenser]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Condenser \Con*dens"er\, n.
1. One who, or that which, condenses.
(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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an electrical device characterized by its capacity to store
an electric charge [syn: capacitor, capacitance,
condenser, electrical condenser]
2: an apparatus that converts vapor into liquid
3: a hollow coil that condenses by abstracting heat
4: lens used to concentrate light on an object [syn:
condenser, optical condenser]