• WordNet 3.6
    • adj absorbent having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.) "as absorbent as a sponge"
    • n absorbent a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another substance
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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 Absorbent Absorbing; swallowing; absorptive.
    • Absorbent (Med) Any substance which absorbs and neutralizes acid fluid in the stomach and bowels, as magnesia, chalk, etc.; also a substance e. g., iodine) which acts on the absorbent vessels so as to reduce enlarged and indurated parts.
    • Absorbent Anything which absorbs. "The ocean, itself a bad absorbent of heat."
    • Absorbent (Physiol) The vessels by which the processes of absorption are carried on, as the lymphatics in animals, the extremities of the roots in plants.
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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
    • absorbent Absorbing or capable of absorbing; imbibing; swallowing; performing the function of absorption: as, absorbent vessels; the absorbent system.
    • n absorbent Anything which absorbs. Specifically— In anatomy and physiology, a vessel which imbibes or takes nutritive matters into the system; specifically, in the vertebrates, a lymphatic vessel (which see, under lymphatic). In therapeutics: any substance used to absorb a morbid or excessive discharge; an alkali used to neutralize acids in the stomach. In chem.: anything that takes up into itself a gas or liquid, as a substance which withdraws moisture from the air; a substance, such as magnesia, lime, etc., which neutralizes acids.
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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
    • adj Absorbent imbibing: swallowing
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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. absorbens, p. pr. of absorbere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. ab, from, sorbēre, -sorptum, to suck in.


In literature:

All the four were laughing and absorbed, when James Senior came in a few minutes later, and found them.
"Poor, Dear Margaret Kirby and Other Stories" by Kathleen Norris
There were silent rows of nuns blue-robed and white-veiled, kneeling and absorbed in prayer.
"Vendetta" by Marie Corelli
And the last act of the opera did not wholly absorb her attention.
"The Pit" by Frank Norris
Thus, absorbed in a lively conversation, they reached Golgotha.
"The Crushed Flower and Other Stories" by Leonid Andreyev
The interesting but time-absorbing study of the ocean-depths was therefore postponed for a while.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
Romance was a trivial thing, and women were prone to become absorbed in trivialities.
"The Right of Way, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
It would be an absorbing task for a psychologist to trace the various stages by which an impossibility was changed into a reality.
"Mike" by P. G. Wodehouse
Darrell's face darkened, and he made no answer; but his head sank on his breast, and he seemed suddenly absorbed in gloomy thought.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Leonard was still absorbed in the perusal of these poems when Mrs. Fairfield entered the room.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
She seemed abstracted, gazing into space as one absorbed in thought or revery.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

In poetry:

The scene. So if enormity takes place,
Something outside the scope of what you learn,
It might just overlook you, cloaked in grace,
And might come near, absorbed with its concerns,
So close you see a thought rise in its face.
"The Donor" by Rainer Maria Rilke
The words his simmering rage did spill
Passed o'er the child like breeze o'er corn;
Safer than bee whose dodging skill
And myriad eyes the hail-shower scorn,
The boy, absorbed in loving will,
Buttoned his father's waistcoat worn.
"He Needed Not" by George MacDonald
But guard thee well young J--e: in his embrace
How many seal with death their ectasy!
Too deep, intense, and wild,
For one so late a child,
I fear me lest the proffered transport be
That every earthlier joy absorbent would efface.
"Ode" by Maria Gowen Brooks
In his village at foot of the dykes, that bend,
Sinuous, weary, about him and wend
Toward that distance of eddying light,
The rope-maker, visionary white.
Along by each house and each garden wall.
Absorbs in himself the horizons all.
"The Rope-Maker" by Emile Verhaeren
For the average city feller he has big game on the brain,
And imagines in October there is nothing else in Maine!
Therefore some absorbed old farmer cutting corn or pulling beans
Gets most mightily astonished with a bullet in his jeans.
"A Hail to the Hunter" by Holman Francis Day
As lilies fair from the foul mud grow,
So oft it is with good men below;
In daily life they absorb the pure,
And the adverse elements endure;
And rise, through grace, to a higher sphere,
Their hearts in heaven, and their root down here.
"The Water Lily " by Joseph Horatio Chant

In news:

An impact absorbing member for a vehicle comprising of a plurality of synthetic resin foams arranged in a stack has been patented.
Stranger's Child' by Hollinghurst is an absorbing century.
The Hour' Is the Most Complex and Absorbing Story Currently Playing on Any Screen.
Scientests have designed a nanoparticle that protects antioxidants from being destroyed in the gut and ensures a better chance of them being absorbed in the digestive tract.
An absorbent article oriented along X-, Y- and Z-axes has been patented.
An absorbent article oriented along X-, Y- and Z-axes, has been patented.
Thirty percent of CO2 released into the atmosphere is absorbed by the oceans adding to what is known as "ocean acidification ".
Oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Once absorbed in seawater, carbon dioxide forms carbonic acid and lowers ocean pH, making it harder for corals, plankton and tiny marine snails (called pteropods) to form their body parts.
Absorbing materials, as the word implies, reduce or "soak up" acoustic energy when sound hits the material.
The transparent barrier built next to several homes near the Anchorage Airport absorbs road noise while giving residents an unobstructed view of the Chugach Mountains.
There's a point in every horror movie when the audience begins to question whether the villain is human after absorbing so much damage only to keep marching forward.
MegaTraps ($249.99 each) absorb more, and to lower frequencies, than any other bass trap product made at any price.
Why would the homeowners have to absorb the costs.
Bust out of that suburban cineplex, wipe the Goobers from your mouth, and go see The Maid ( La Nana ), a really absorbing Chilean character study about a manipulative nana trying to find her identity in a well-off Santiago household.

In science:

Either the particle is absorbed and the collapse reduces the probability amplitude of the detector path down to zero, or the particle is not absorbed and the collapse raises the probability amplitude of the detector path up to one.
Optical tests of quantum nonlocality: from EPR-Bell tests towards experiments with moving observers
The absorber A is static and the second absorber is moving at 100 m/s on a rotating wheel.
Optical tests of quantum nonlocality: from EPR-Bell tests towards experiments with moving observers
If each of the components are absorbed through different (or time varying) column densities, the continuum parameters derived under the assumption of a single absorbing column may provide purely empirical results that have little to do with reality.
X-ray Spectroscopy of Accretion Disks and Stellar Winds in X-Ray Binaries
Just because most AGN are absorbed (and, moreover, most of the absorbed AGN are Compton–thick), the ideal survey would be at 30 keV (where the XRB peaks!).
The X-ray view of highly obscured AGN
We suggest that these absorbers lie in the plane of the host galaxy at distances > ∼ 100 pc from the nucleus, and are physically distinct from the ma jority of intrinsic absorbers that are outflowing from the nucleus.
On the Nature of Intrinsic Absorption in Reddened Seyfert 1 Galaxies