• WordNet 3.6
    • adj absorbing capable of arousing and holding the attention "a fascinating story"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Frogs do not need to drink water as they absorb the water through their skin
    • a Absorbing Swallowing, engrossing; as, an absorbing pursuit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Constipation is caused when too much water is absorbed in the large intestine and the feces become dry
    • absorbing Soaking up; imbibing; taking up.
    • absorbing Engrossing; enchanting: as, the spectacle was most absorbing.
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  • Paul Newman
    Paul Newman
    “Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.”
  • Charles R. Darwin
    Charles R. Darwin
    “It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.”
  • Pearl S. Buck
    “Like Confucius of old, I am so absorbed in the wonder of the earth and the life upon it, that I cannot think of heaven and the angels.”
  • J. C. Macaulay
    J. C. Macaulay
    “Never allow your own sorrow to absorb you, but seek out another to console, and you will find consolation.”
  • Proverb
    “Unless a serpent devour a serpent it will not become a dragon. Unless one power absorb another, it will not become great.”


In literature:

So absorbed was the attention of all that Boule de Suif's entrance was almost unnoticed.
"Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete" by Guy de Maupassant
Some one else has done all the work for us, and we only need to absorb.
"The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner" by Charles Dudley Warner
Dagobert, with his head resting on his hand, was absorbed in painful reflections.
"The Wandering Jew, Complete" by Eugene Sue
Why should not its skin, which is one of the most delicate, be capable of absorbing?
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
In her all-absorbing fear she had forgotten to lay it down.
"For the Term of His Natural Life" by Marcus Clarke
Gradually a grayness absorbed all but the larger stars.
"The Man of the Forest" by Zane Grey
Absorbed in my examination I had forgotten those who must share with me my doubts and dangers.
"The Metal Monster" by A. Merritt
That often throws you off of what's absorbing your thoughts.
"Missy" by Dana Gatlin
Mr. Thornton and Mr. Hale were both absorbed in the continuation of some subject which had been started at their last meeting.
"North and South" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
The doctor, once again absorbed in the contemplation of his umbrella, went out.
"The Window-Gazer" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
In those brief intervals of peace his countenance expressed an absorbing reverence, a profound humility.
"Thyrza" by George Gissing
Wyvern is absorbed in thought.
"Demos" by George Gissing
Gradually he became more and more absorbed in his work; he glanced at me from time to time, but did not speak, and his pencil worked rapidly.
"A Romance of Two Worlds" by Marie Corelli
When he came into the Gallery she was standing before the 'Virgin of the Rocks,' graceful, absorbed, smiling and unconscious.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
On his side he was absorbed in his studies and the life at school.
"Rough-Hewn" by Dorothy Canfield
Heat with a tablespoonful of butter and half a cupful of stock until the liquid is nearly absorbed.
"The Myrtle Reed Cook Book" by Myrtle Reed
This composition of atmospherical air is proved by several substances absorbing the dephlogisticated air, and leaving the phlogisticated.
"Heads of Lectures on a Course of Experimental Philosophy: Particularly Including Chemistry" by Joseph Priestley
After reading the letter, Esther sat absorbed in thought.
"The Angel of the Gila:" by Cora Marsland
Man absorbs twenty to thirty quarts of oxygen every hour.
"Martyria" by Augustus C. Hamlin
And tragedy, dedicated to painful actions, also interests, fascinates, absorbs us.
"Tragedy" by Ashley H. Thorndike

In poetry:

Browned and brooded the twilight,
Pervaded, absorbed the calm,
Till it seemed for some human sorrows
There could not be any balm.
"The Old Garden" by George MacDonald
Even as I stood with raptured eye,
Absorbed in bliss, so deep and dear,
My hour of rest had fleeted by
And given me back to weary care
"Holyday" by Emily Jane Bronte
Adieu, thou Spire ! so light and slender,
Once the beacon of delight !
Let me all my soul surrender,--
Be each sense absorb'd in sight.
"The Lover's Departure" by Laura Sophia Temple
From lower to the higher next,
Not to the top, is Nature's text;
And embryo Good, to reach full stature,
Absorbs the Evil in its nature.
"Festina Lente" by James Russell Lowell
Only my spirit lives, absorbed
By a single, inexorable thought:
“Dead and buried in life!” That
Is my torment. . . the rest I ignore.
"Words Of A Certain Dead Man" by Antero Tarquinio de Quental
Yet still, absorbed in studious care,
Neglect to waste one look on me;
For then my happy eyes may dare
To gaze and dwell unchecked on thee.
"Secret Love" by Amelia Opie

In news:

A sanitary napkin with an elongate absorbent body and a pair of left and right rear wing portionshas been patented.
An absorbent sanitary article for absorbing body fluids which comprises a fibrous matrix has been patented.
Raptor to use F-35 radar absorbent coatings.
Relied on MOP (Maximum Oil Pickup) 201 bulk loose sorbent to absorb oil from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
An absorbent company based in Southern California, Eco- Absorbent Technologies Inc, has launched a new addition to the Eco>Absorb line of super absorbents, Eco>Absorb Oil Only.
PrintGlobe Acquires Absorbent Ink Volume 677 January 12, 2010.
PrintGlobe Inc has announced that it has purchased the assets of Absorbent Ink (asi/295819), which was named by Counselor as one of 2009's top 10 fastest-growing distributors in the ad specialty industry.
Columbus-based Burkhalter Rigging will transport two hydrogen sulfide absorbers from Bigbee Valley, a Noxubee County outpost 30 miles south of Columbus, to the Kemper site.
Riches-to-rags story is absorbing .
Ben Affleck's absorbing thriller 'Argo' also laugh-out-loud funny.
You never see Mace as a chump, even as you absorb the humiliating nature of his work.
The oceans can absorb carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, as can trees and other vegetation.
Plants take up carbon dioxide as they grow and store it in their tissues, and the oceans can also absorb it from the atmosphere.
When a fire is set in the stove chamber, the rings quickly absorb and retain heat.
Crest Foam Industries Inc. Polyurethane foam is suited for a variety of medical/healthcare products and applications for filtering, absorbing, wiping, and padding.

In science:

If the UV and X-ray absorbers are co-spacial, this larger column density implies that a larger mass is associated with the X-ray absorber than with the UV absorber.
The Ultraviolet-X-ray connection in AGN outflows
This estimate could be readily applied to the X-ray band absorbing gas, as this shared the same parameters as the UV absorbing/emitting gas.
The Ultraviolet-X-ray connection in AGN outflows
To do this we must work with a finite state Markov chain conditioned to be absorbed by one of the two absorbing states.
Duality for spatially interacting Fleming-Viot processes with mutation and selection
To show that A is absorbing for Ta,b , it is enough to show that the set Γ absorbs almost every orbit starting in cA.
Absorbing sets of homogeneous subtractive algorithms
In order to show that the set A is absorbing for the map Ta,b , it is enough to show that the set Γ is absorbing for the first return map P : Θ → Θ.
Absorbing sets of homogeneous subtractive algorithms
Thus, in a way fully analogous to the Penrose process for particles (18), one may say that if the energy at infinity increases because the black hole absorbed negative-at-infinity energy, then the black hole rotation must also slow down by absorbing matter with negative angular momentum.
Foundations of Black Hole Accretion Disk Theory
Remarkably, an ensemble of 2000 trapped atoms almost entirely absorbs a resonant probe field, yielding an optical depth of up to 30, equivalent to an absorbance per atom of 1.5 %.
Mini-Proceedings ECT*: Speakable in quantum mechanics: atomic, nuclear and subnuclear physics tests
We show here that the absorption line of a rotating M¨ossbauer absorber gets broader during the rotation, even in the case when the absorber moves in the perpendicular direction to the radiation.
Testing Einstein's time dilation under acceleration using M\"ossbauer spectroscopy
Denote the distance of the absorber to the center by R, and denote the intersection point of our ray with the absorber by C = (R cos φ, R sin φ).
Testing Einstein's time dilation under acceleration using M\"ossbauer spectroscopy
The absorption curve Aω (vs ) of an absorber rotating with angular velocity ω describes the rate of the radiation absorbed as a function of the velocity vs of the source.
Testing Einstein's time dilation under acceleration using M\"ossbauer spectroscopy
For a thin absorber with no chemical shift, a typical absorption curve for an absorber at rest is a Lorentzian s + γ 2 ), of half width γ , absorption amplitude a, function A0 (vs ) = aγ 2/(v 2 and resonance at vs = 0, as the one shown in Figure 3a for γ = 0.125mm/s.
Testing Einstein's time dilation under acceleration using M\"ossbauer spectroscopy
For a rotating absorber, the total Doppler shift that the ray undergoes consists of a longitudinal shift due to the relative velocity of the source and the absorber and a transversal shift due to the time dilation of the absorber.
Testing Einstein's time dilation under acceleration using M\"ossbauer spectroscopy
With increase in importance to an absorbing node, positive energy is absorbed from unranked nodes, thus indirectly helping the negative energy propagation.
Diversity in Ranking using Negative Reinforcement
The basic idea of the SSB is to surround the TeO2 crystal (main absorber) with thin auxiliary absorbers which function as active shields and are operated as bolometers.
Review of double beta experiments
The infrared spectra of absorbed AGN are consistent with observing an AGN behind dust clouds, with dust on the inner side of the absorbing clouds heated by the AGN (e.g.
Infrared Classification and Luminosities For Dusty AGN and the Most Luminous Quasars