Condense Con*dense", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Condensed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Condensing}.] [L. condensare; con- + densare to make thick or dense, densus thick, dense: cf. F. condenser. See {Dense}, and cf. {Condensate}.] 1. To make more close, compact, or dense; to compress or concentrate into a smaller compass; to consolidate; to abridge; to epitomize. [1913 Webster]

In what shape they choose, Dilated or condensed, bright or obscure. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The secret course pursued at Brussels and at Madrid may be condensed into the usual formula, dissimulation, procrastination, and again dissimulation. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem. & Physics) To reduce into another and denser form, as by cold or pressure; as, to condense gas into a liquid form, or steam into water. [1913 Webster]

{Condensed milk}, milk reduced to the consistence of very thick cream by evaporation (usually with addition of sugar) for preservation and transportation.

{Condensing engine}, a steam engine in which the steam is condensed after having exerted its force on the piston.

Syn: To compress; contract; crowd; thicken; concentrate; abridge; epitomize; reduce. [1913 Webster]

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