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Con*dens"er (?), n.
1. One who, or that which,
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.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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