AskDefine | Define liquefy

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liquefy

Verb

1 become liquid; "The garden air overnight liquefied into a morning dew"
2 make (a solid substance) liquid, as by heating; "liquefy the silver" [syn: liquify, liquidize, liquidise]
3 become liquid or fluid when heated; "the frozen fat liquefied" [syn: flux, liquify] [also: liquefied]

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English

Etymology

liquefien, from liquefier, from liquefacere.

Alternative spellings

Verb

  1. To make into a liquid, either by condensing a gas or by melting a solid.

Synonyms

  • condense (make liquid from gas)
  • melt (make liquid from solid)

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Extensive Definition

In physics, to liquefy or liquify means to turn something into the liquid state.
Liquification can be a change from a gas to a liquid through condensation, usually by cooling, or a change from a solid to a liquid through melting, usually by heating or by grinding and blending with another liquid to induce dissolution. Earthquakes can also cause liquefaction (see: Earthquake liquefaction) where loosely packed, water-logged sediments come loose from the intense shaking of the earthquake.
Liquification is referred to in physics, chemistry, and genetic engineering to the process of condensing a gas into a liquid, while in geology, it refers to the process by which saturated, unconsolidated sediments are transformed into a substance that acts like a liquid. In the energy industry, both liquification and occasionally liquefication refer to reforming coal or gas into a liquid form that is economical to transport and use as fuel.
Liquefy can mean to turn hard assets into cash. This is a term used in private equity (nee LBOs).
liquefy in Swedish: Förvätskning
liquefy in Chinese: 液化

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