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electric discharge lamp, electric-discharge lamp, discharge lamp, gas-discharge lamp, vapor lamp
1. An electric lamp in which the light comes from an electric discharge between two electrodes in a glass tube.
2. A lamp in which light is produced by an electric discharge between electrodes in a gas (or vapor) at low or high pressure.
3. A lamp that uses the transmission of an electric current through a gas or vapor to produce illumination. Neon, mercury and argon lamps are examples of electric-discharge lamps.
4. A lamp whose light is produced by current flow through a gas or vapor in a sealed glass enclosure.
Examples of these lamps include argon glow, mercury-vapor, neon glow, and sodium-vapor.
saturated vapor (s) (noun)
, saturated vapors (pl)
A substance suspended in the air, the temperature and pressure of which, are such that any compression of its volume at constant temperature causes it to condense to liquid at a rate sufficient to maintain a constant pressure.
thermal vapor compression (TVC) (s) (noun)
, thermal vapor compressions (pl)
A process used to remove salt from seawater, by evaporating it through a fine mesh filter that traps the brine particles so that the fluid can then be condensed into a relatively salt-free solution.
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press-, presso-, pressi-, -prim-, -prin-
thermo-, therm-, thermi-, -thermia, -therm, -thermal, -thermic, -thermias, -thermies, -thermous, -thermy
vapori-, vapor-, vapo-
vapor density (s) (noun)
, vapor densities (pl)
Another term for absolute humidity; that is, the mass of moisture in relation to the unit volume of space that it occupies.
vapor lock (s) (noun)
, vapor locks (pl)
The interruption of a flow of liquid with the formation of thin moisture, or gas bubbles, in a conduit; especially, an obstruction of this type in the flow of gasoline to the engine in a motor vehicle.
vapor pressure (s) (noun)
, vapor pressures (Pl)
1. The pressure at which a liquid and its moisture particles are equal to each other at a given temperature.
2. The pressure exerted by mist, or clouds, in the atmosphere which are independent of any other gases or water particles.
vapor recovery (s) (noun)
, vapor recoveries (pl)
The process of capturing chemical fumes; especially, for the purpose of reducing pollution: "Attempts at vapor recovery is being made with the gasoline vapor that is generated by the fueling of vehicles at gas stations."
vapor recovery nozzle (s) (noun)
, vapor recovery nozzles (pl)
A special gas pump spout that reduces the release of gasoline fumes into the air when vehicles are being refueled at a gas station.
vapor seal (s) (noun)
, vapor seals (pl)
A barrier applied to a surface to prevent moisture from migrating into, or out, of a given space: "A vapor seal is a moisture-impervious layer; such as, plastic film, vinyl, or vapor-retardant paint."
vapor-dominated, vapor dominated (adjective)
; more vapor-dominated; most vapor-dominated
A description of a high-temperature hydrothermal system in which mixed water and steam exist, and steam is the pressure-controlling fluid phase: "Vapor-dominated systems; such as, "The Geysers" in northern California, are relatively rare but have high heat content and are well suited for the production of electrical power; while the more common liquid-dominated systems have lower heat content and are suited for direct heat uses."
vapor-permeable membrane (s) (noun)
,vapor-permeable membranes (pl)
In medicine, a very thin layer of material, usually transparent, through which oxygen and liquid can pass: "Vapor-permeable membranes may be prepared with an adhesive backing that will stick only to dry skin. This type of vapor-permeable membrane has been used in treating wounds."
A vapor-permeable membrane must be applied properly without wrinkles and changed as often as necessary to prevent an excess accumulation of fluid and bacteria under it.