• WordNet 3.6
    • v absorb cause to become one with "The sales tax is absorbed into the state income tax"
    • v absorb consume all of one's attention or time "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
    • v absorb devote (oneself) fully to "He immersed himself into his studies"
    • v absorb take up mentally "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
    • v absorb assimilate or take in "The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society"
    • v absorb take in, also metaphorically "The sponge absorbs water well","She drew strength from the minister's words"
    • v absorb become imbued "The liquids, light, and gases absorb"
    • v absorb take up, as of debts or payments "absorb the costs for something"
    • v absorb suck or take up or in "A black star absorbs all matter"
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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
    • Absorb To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or the pursuit of wealth.
    • Absorb To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body.
    • Absorb To swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to include. "Dark oblivion soon absorbs them all.""The large cities absorb the wealth and fashion."
    • Absorb To take up by cohesive, chemical, or any molecular action, as when charcoal absorbs gases. So heat, light, and electricity are absorbed or taken up in the substances into which they pass. "That grave question which had begun to absorb the Christian mind -- the marriage of the clergy.""Too long hath love engrossed Britannia's stage,
      And sunk to softness all our tragic rage."
      "Should not the sad occasion swallow up My other cares?""And in destruction's river Engulf and swallow those."
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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
    • absorb To drink in; suck up; imbibe, as a sponge; take in by absorption, as the lacteals of the body; hence, to take up or receive in, as by chemical or molecular action, as when charcoal absorbs gases.
    • absorb To swallow up; engulf; overwhelm: as, the sea absorbed the wreck.
    • absorb To swallow up the identity or individuality of; draw in as a constituent part; incorporate: as, the empire absorbed all the small states.
    • absorb To engross or engage wholly.
    • absorb In medicine, to counteract or neutralize: as, magnesia absorbs acidity in the stomach.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As much as 80% of microwaves from mobile phones are absorbed by YOUR HEAD! visit microshield
    • v.t Absorb ab-sorb′ to suck in: to swallow up: to engage wholly
    • n Absorb that which absorbs
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. absorbere,; ab, + sorbere, to suck in, akin to Gr. : cf. F. absorber,


In literature:

Fluids immediately absorbed from the Stomach.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
This detail here, which looks like a design for a glassed-in hot bed for early cabbage, is the heat absorber.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
Like most northern visitors, I was immediately and intensely absorbed in the negroes.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
But the really absorbing question was the appointment of Supreme Court judges.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Bituminous coals absorb moisture from the atmosphere.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
It is not profitable to give remedies by the stomach, for they can not be absorbed.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
She was absorbed, deeply absorbed, but it was hardly with the absorption of blind grief.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
For those who dislike oily creams it will be found delightful, as the skin absorbs it.
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
She forgot resentment in an absorbed and absorbing interest.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
They were apparently quite absorbed in each other.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth

In poetry:

My love for you is more
athletic than a verb,
Agile as a star
The tents of sun absorb.
"Verbal Calisthenics" by Sylvia Plath
Of that spirit meek and lowly,
Yet so bold and free,
In its all-absorbing, holy,
Love of Liberty.
"N. P. Rogers" by Effie Afton
O fruitful and sacred ground,
O sunlight and summer sky,
Absorb me and fold me round,
For broken and tired am I.
"Refuge" by Archibald Lampman
Dost long to see his glorious face
Within the higher orb,
Where humid sorrows losing place,
Thy Husband's rays absorb?
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Be not proud, O glorious orbs!
Not your mystery absorbs;
But the starry soul that lies
Looking through your night of eyes.
"Within and Without: Part III: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
Long time I look'd, and linger'd there,
Absorbed in still delight,
My spirits drank deep quietness
In with that quiet sight.
"The Primrose" by Caroline Anne Bowles Southey

In news:

Trader Joe's offers kitchen towels that supposedly absorb 10 times their weight in liquid.
Pentagon leaders outlined a plan Thursday for absorbing $487 billion in defense cuts over the coming decade by shrinking US ground forces , slowing the purchase of a next-generation stealth fighter and retiring older planes and ships.
So much pot is con sumed in Billy Corben's "Square Grouper ," an absorbing and troubling documentary about marijuana smuggling in Florida in the 1970s and '80s, that you could get a contact high just watching it.
Forget blow-dried scenesters and self-absorbed spotlight stealers.
Workers contracted by Suncor are using vacuum trucks and absorbent material to suck up water mixed with an unidentified liquid leaking into Sand Creek north of downtown Denver, Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011.
The Glide Ride fifth-wheel pinbox from Demco is designed to absorb the hits of a bumpy ride due to poor road conditions, according to the company.
For example, the heat pump uses electricity to absorb warm air and change it into cooler air during the summer.
She is in profile, absorbed in a magazine.
Racegel hemostatic material controls bleeding and absorbs crevicular fluid prior to and during impression taking and crown placement.
Has introduced Poise Hourglass Shape Pads, which feature a curved shape for improved fit while providing the same degree of absorbency protection.
Efforts were made overnight by state Department of Environmental Protection to soak up the oil by placing absorbent booms and pads throughout the river.
In this presidential election year, bestselling author Davis (Don't Know Much About History) returns with an absorbing take on the American presidency.
You'll see that the oceans are absorbing most of the extra heat from rising amounts of greenhouse gases.
New systems that turn text into realistic speech could help the ill, direct lost drivers and make video games more absorbing.
Medline Industries, FitRight, adult incontinence , incontinence products, Dan Love, super-absorbent polymer, brief.

In science:

We now show that the θ -dependence of the partition function can be absorbed into the phase of the quark masses.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
In accordance with our model, the dissipation and viscosity friction (see section 11.6) arise in the normal component of He II due to thermal phonons radiated and absorbed in the course of the bİ ࢐ ā and ā ࢐ bİ transitions of secondary effectons, correspondingly.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
In each case, the extra v ′ i is absorbed into the adjacent form xi−1 or xi respectively.
The solution to a conjecture of Tits on the subgroup generated by the squares of the generators of an Artin group
Because of the unitary invariance, the U1 and U2 dependence in the second exponent can be absorbed in a redefinition of U and V , and the integrations over U1 and U2 just result in an overall constant.
Chiral Random Matrix Model for Critical Statistics
On the other hand the probability that the first row has length less than k is equal to the probability that the Markov chain of Section 3.4 is absorbed at 0 at time k .
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey