Definitions for evaporation

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vaporization, vaporisation, vapor, vapour, evaporation(noun)

    the process of becoming a vapor

  2. dehydration, desiccation, drying up, evaporation(noun)

    the process of extracting moisture

Wiktionary

  1. evaporation(Noun)

    The process of a liquid converting to the gaseous state.

  2. evaporation(Noun)

    The process in which all or a portion of liquid (in a container) is turned into vapour, in order to increase the concentration of solid matter in the mixture.

  3. evaporation(Noun)

    That which is evaporated; vapour.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Evaporation(noun)

    the process by which any substance is converted from a liquid state into, and carried off in, vapor; as, the evaporation of water, of ether, of camphor

  2. Evaporation(noun)

    the transformation of a portion of a fluid into vapor, in order to obtain the fixed matter contained in it in a state of greater consistence

  3. Evaporation(noun)

    that which is evaporated; vapor

  4. Evaporation(noun)

    see Vaporization

Freebase

  1. Evaporation

    Evaporation is a type of vaporization of a liquid that occurs from the surface of a liquid into a gaseous phase that is not saturated with the evaporating substance. The other type of vaporization is boiling, which, instead, occurs within the entire mass of the liquid and can also take place when the vapor phase is saturated, such as when steam is produced in a boiler. Evaporation that occurs from directly from the solid phase, as commonly observed with ice or moth crystals, is called sublimation. On average, a fraction of the molecules in a glass of water have enough heat energy to escape from the liquid. Water molecules from the air enter the water in the glass, but as long as the relative humidity of the air in contact is less than 100%, the net transfer of water molecules will be to the air. The water in the glass will be cooled by the evaporation until an equilibrium is reached where the air supplies the amount of heat removed by the evaporating water. In an enclosed environment the water would evaporate until is saturates the air. With sufficient temperature, the liquid would turn into vapor quickly. When the molecules collide, they transfer energy to each other in varying degrees, based on how they collide. Sometimes the transfer is so one-sided for a molecule near the surface that it ends up with enough energy to 'escape'.


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