• WordNet 3.6
    • adj absorptive having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.) "as absorbent as a sponge"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Commercially flavored coffee beans are flavored after they are roasted and partially cooled to around 100 degrees. Then the flavors applied, when the coffee beans' pores are open and therefore more receptive to flavor absorption.
    • a Absorptive Having power, capacity, or tendency to absorb or imbibe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The color black is produced by the complete absorption of light rays.
    • absorptive Having power to absorb or imbibe; causing absorption; absorbent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Absorptive having power to absorb
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  • Walter Lippmann
    “The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples.”
  • Richard Weaver
    Richard Weaver
    “Absorption in ease is one of the most reliable signs of present or impending decay.”
  • Hugo Ball
    Hugo Ball
    “The symbolic view of things is a consequence of long absorption in images. Is sign language the real language of Paradise?”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. ab, from, sorbēre, -sorptum, to suck in.


In literature:

This is the complete absorption in prana.
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
As the true poet begins by absorption of the art that he finds, his early utterance will be imitative.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
It may, however, not prevent foreign absorption, if, once out, we stay out.
"The Head Hunters of Northern Luzon From Ifugao to Kalinga" by Cornelis De Witt Willcox
I can quite understand the absorption of my young friends.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100., February 7, 1891" by Various
It was a sort of delicious death, a swooning ecstasy, an absorption of her individuality in his.
"Evelyn Innes" by George Moore
His absorption in heavenly truth was not accompanied by any blindness to earthly facts.
"The Life of Jesus of Nazareth" by Rush Rhees
The absorption of odors is the most baffling of all causes of bad eggs.
"The Dollar Hen" by Milo M. Hastings
Another difficulty arises from absorption, and whenever this occurs, the apparent capacity is greater than the calculated.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 795, March 28, 1891" by Various
Diana moved in a kind of happy absorption, glancing gently from side to side.
"The Testing of Diana Mallory" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Life for her was a rosy, unquestioning absorption.
"The Fortieth Door" by Mary Hastings Bradley
So we are emancipated from absorption in the present and from careful thought for the future.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
It is known that the vagina possesses considerable absorptive power.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
To be launched into a library and learn by absorption is a great blessing.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
But when the highest knowledge is attained there is complete absorption in Brahman.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
Tscholens with gratification noted his absorption.
"The Frontiersmen" by Charles Egbert Craddock
I ordered re-absorption, which was started as soon as repairs had been accomplished.
"Indirection" by Everett B. Cole
This is a condition caused by the retention and absorption of bile into the blood.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
All vagueness with regard to the use of the terms 'radiation' and 'absorption' will now disappear.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
At each new vista Miss Martha noted the narrowing of her niece's eyes and the absorption of her gaze.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
His genius actually throve on his seclusion, and absorption in life would have destroyed its finest qualities.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair

In news:

Instead, it offers up a bit of cushioning from a sock liner and some additional shock absorption via the array of quarter-inch lugs protruding from its outsole.
Edgar Degas 's absorption in soirees, operas and cabaret concerts is the basis of a new exhibition at The Hyde Collection.
Formulating Focus—Delivering Actives via Solid Lipid Nanoparticles and Nanostructured Lipid Carriers: Part IV, Percutaneous Absorption and Dermal Cosmetic Formulations.
Absorption of East German y into what he called "Grossdeutschland" -Greater Germany - would create a dangerous economic imbalance in Western Europe, he maintained, and would be seen as a victory for the right wing.
Readers identify the cause of poor absorption in flue gas system in this month's process puzzler.
When added to the grout at the time of installation, Grout Maximizer is easier to apply than epoxy grouts but still provides reduced absorption of water, dirt and spills.
Revision of D6489 - 99(2006) Standard Test Method for Determining the Water Absorption of Hardened Concrete Treated With a Water Repellent Coating.
Melancholy pervades Anne Enright's exquisite novel The Forgotten Waltz, the kind in which self-absorption replaces self-awareness, and self- indulgence trumps pretty much everything else.
The first was called 'TA,' short for 'total absorption'.
Made with low water-absorption materials, waterproof leather and a removable EVA foot bed and riddled with mesh panels and drainage ports, this shoe can take wet conditions.
Formulated with liposomes for enhanced absorption, Tears Again advanced Liposome Spray lubricates and protects the eyes against moisture loss.
Olive oil will not absorb quickly during exercise and may impede absorption of other fluids.
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took a lot of flak during the election campaign from each other and outside groups, but a close third behind them in the heat-absorption department: pollsters.
A prusik-basedlanyard that offers excellent adjustabilityand energy-absorption potential, with justa bit more weight and bulk than daisies.
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments has introduced the AA-6300 Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer which features a Dynamic Beam Management System to ensure long-term baseline stability with low noise levels.

In science:

This can be understood as being the result of more absorption occuring when the surface we see is at a lower temperature, which is associated with longer wavelength absorption.
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
Together with the seven known SiC absorption stars, this brings the total of known extreme carbon stars with SiC absorption features to ten.
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
We obtain expected number of arrivals, absorption probabilities and expected time before absorption for an asymmetric discrete random walk on a locally infinite graph in the presence of multiple function barriers.
Discrete random walk with barriers on a locally infinite graph
In section 2 we use generating functions to find the expected number of arrivals to any state, the probability of absorption and the expected time before absorption.
Discrete random walk with barriers on a locally infinite graph
Using generating functions we obtained expected number of arrivals, absorption probabilities and expected time before absorption for an asymmetric discrete random walk on a locally infinite graph in the presence of multiple function barriers (section 2).
Discrete random walk with barriers on a locally infinite graph
This behaviour is seen in the model lightcurves and can be understood by examining Figs. 6 and 12, which show a step in the emission weighted column density due to absorption by the cooled postshock primary wind exceeding the absorption through the unshocked winds.
3D modelling of the colliding winds in Eta Carinae - evidence for radiative inhibition
We obtain expected number of arrivals, probability of arrival, absorption probabilities and expected time before absorption for a modified discrete random walk on the (sub)set of integers.
Modified discrete random walk with absorption
Expected time before absorption and expected time before absorption in j.
Modified discrete random walk with absorption
Fig. 7: Absorption spectrum of ZnMoO Fig. 7: Absorption spectrum of ZnMoO4 crystal at room temperature. crystal at room temperature.
Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop "Radiopure Scintillators for EURECA" (RPScint'2008)
The atomic absorption is shifted due to the pump-induced light shift and the absorption is reduced due to saturation.
Threshold of a random laser based on Raman gain in cold atoms
Far from the main atomic absorption resonance, the Raman resonance is thus a narrow spectral feature, as in Fig. 1(c), such that we can fit it indep endently of the main absorption line [Fig. 2(a)].
Threshold of a random laser based on Raman gain in cold atoms
N δ of a photon in the cavity in the absence of absorption. (The cavity has a mean spacing δ of eigenfrequencies.) As shown in Fig. 17 (red solid curve), weak absorption reduces νeff by up to a factor of two relative to the black-body value.
Applications of random matrix theory to condensed matter and optical physics
For instance photons with a frequency in the wings of the absorption line will travel over a much larger distance than photons at the center of the absorption line.
L\'evy flights of photons in hot atomic vapours
El-Shehawey (2000) obtains absorption probabilities at the boundaries for a random walk between one or two partially absorbing boundaries as well as the conditional mean for the number of steps before stopping given the absorption at a specified barrier, using conditional probabilities.
Random walk on the integers with equidistant multiple function barriers
The longer wavelength range of the STIS observations allows a better coverage of the Lyα absorption red wing, as compared to GHRS spectrum, and con firms the large damped Ly α absorption.
On The Origin of Lyman-alpha Absorption in Nearby Starbursts and Implications for Other Galaxies