|MadSci Network: Chemistry|
Here are some definitions from technical dictionaries. As you can see, it depends on the field of science you are in and really who you are talking to.. Deposition simply means to deposit. When CO2 goes from vapor to dry ice it is deposited so deposition takes place. Sublimation usually refers to a change in state from gas to liquid (meteorology usually) or solid or vice versa. Condensation has many definitions outlined below. Sublimation - The transmission of a substance directly from the solid state to the vapor state, or vice versa, without passing through the intermediate liquid state. Sublimation n 1: (chem) a change directly from the solid to the gaseous state without becoming liquid 2: (psych) modifying the natural expression of an impulse or instinct (esp a sexual one) to one that is socially acceptable. Condensation - Specifically, in meteorology, the transformation from vapor to liquid. CONDENSATION—(1) (Physics) The process by which a gas or vapor changes to a liquid or solid; also the liquid or solid so formed. (2) (Chemistry) A chemical reaction in which water or another simple substance is released by the combination of two or more molecules. The opposite of Evaporation. In meteorological usage, this term is applied only to the transformation from vapor to liquid. Condensation \Con`den*sa"tion\, n. [L. condensatio: cf. F. condensation.] 1. The act or process of condensing or of being condensed; the state of being condensed. 2. (Physics) The act or process of reducing, by depression of temperature or increase of pressure, etc., to another and denser form, as gas to the condition of a liquid or steam to water. 3. (Chem.) A rearrangement or concentration of the different constituents of one or more substances into a distinct and definite compound of greater complexity and molecular weight, often resulting in an increase of density, as the condensation of oxygen into ozone, or of acetone into mesitylene. Condensation product (Chem.), a substance obtained by the polymerization of one substance, or by the union of two or more, with or without separation of some unimportant side products. condensation n 1: (psycholanalysis) an unconscious process whereby two ideas or images combine into a single symbol; especially in dreams 2: the process of changing from a gaseous to a liquid or solid state 3: atmospheric moisture that has condensed because of cold [syn: condensate] 4: the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together: "the contraction of a gas on cooling" [syn: compression, contraction] 5: a shortened version of a written work [syn: abridgement, abridgment] 6: the act of increasing the density of something [syn: condensing]
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