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v. con·densed, con·dens·ing, con·dens·es
a. To make more dense or compact: gravity condensing matter into stars.
b. To concentrate (a substance), especially by removing water.
2. To make more concise; abridge or shorten: condensed the list of guests.
3. To cause (a gas or vapor) to change to a liquid.
1. To become more dense or compact.
2. To undergo condensation.

[Middle English condensen, from Old French condenser, from Latin condēnsāre : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + dēnsāre, to thicken (from dēnsus, thick).]

con·dens′a·bil′i·ty n.
con·dens′a·ble, con·dens′i·ble adj.


1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (of printers' type) narrower than usual for a particular height. Compare expanded1
2. (Botany) botany designating an inflorescence in which the flowers are crowded together and are almost or completely sessile
3. (Chemistry) chem Also called: fused designating a polycyclic ring system in a molecule in which two rings share two or more common atoms, as in naphthalene



1. reduced in volume, area, length, or scope.
2. thickened by distillation or evaporation; concentrated.
3. reduced from a gas to a liquid.
4. (of a typeface) narrow in proportion to its height. Compare expanded (def. 2).
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1. abridged, concentrated, compressed, curtailed, potted, shortened, summarized, slimmed-down, encapsulated I also produced a condensed version of the paper.
2. concentrated, reduced, thickened, boiled down, precipitated (Chemistry) condensed milk


[kənˈdɛnst] adj
(= abridged) [version, book] → condensé(e)
(= concentrated) [soup, liquid] → concentré(e) condensed milkcondensed milk nlait m concentré
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I was only alive to the condensed confidential comfortableness of sharing a pipe and a blanket with a real friend.
I have in this edition largely condensed and corrected some parts, and have added a little to others, in order to render the volume more fitted for popular reading; but I trust that naturalists will remember, that they must refer for details to the larger publications which comprise the scientific results of the Expedition.
Beside him, an unrolled bundle showed itself as consisting of a ragged overcoat and containing an empty and smoke-blackened tomato can, an empty and battered condensed milk can, some dog-meat partly wrapped in brown paper and evidently begged from some butcher-shop, a carrot that had been run over in the street by a wagon-wheel, three greenish- cankered and decayed potatoes, and a sugar-bun with a mouthful bitten from it and rescued from the gutter, as was made patent by the gutter-filth that still encrusted it.
I discovered that we stood in need of condensed milk and marmalade, and announced that I was going aboard.
The question shot like lightning across a tumultuous sky; and suddenly the clouded horror of my mind condensed into a vivid realisation of my own danger.
She was no longer the milkmaid, but a visionary essence of woman--a whole sex condensed into one typical form.
By attentively watching, the observer would then have perceived the other molecules of the mass, following the example of this central star, become likewise condensed by gradually accelerated rotation, and gravitating round it in the shape of innumerable stars.
Unless, by any chance," answered Nicholl, "the atmosphere should be condensed on the other side, as certain astronomers pretend.
Sancho," said Don Quixote, "thou hast delivered a thousand sentences condensed in the compass of a few words; I thank thee for the advice thou hast given me, and take it most gladly.
It is the condensed expression of an experience, a philosophy, and an art.
He was treated with a solemn respect accorded in the irreverent West only to the monarchs of the stage, and he accepted the profound homage with a sustained dignity seen nowhere else but behind the footlights and in the condensed falseness of some grossly tragic situation.
That," announced the Shaggy Man, "is a square meal, in condensed form.