• WordNet 3.6
    • n absorptivity (physics) the property of a body that determines the fraction of the incident radiation or sound flux absorbed or absorbable by the body
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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.
    • n Absorptivity Absorptiveness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The color black is produced by the complete absorption of light rays.
    • n absorptivity The power or capacity of absorption.
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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?”


In literature:

The bones during life are constantly going through the process of absorption and reconstruction.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Notwithstanding its hurry and bustle and apparent absorption in material things, it does not willingly let any beautiful thing perish.
"English Literature" by William J. Long
Now the farmer, partly from isolation and partly from absorption in labor, is the most unsocial man in New England.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, Issue 10, August, 1858" by Various
In order that the processes of solution and absorption may take place, it is necessary that free oxygen should be present.
"Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf" by Jane H. Newell
It disappeared, however, almost immediately, dying away in his usual melancholy absorption.
"Between Whiles" by Helen Hunt Jackson
In her absorption Beatrice had almost walked into it.
"The Worshipper of the Image" by Richard Le Gallienne
The others occupied their usual seats, eating with their unfailing air of introspective absorption.
"A Versailles Christmas-Tide" by Mary Stuart Boyd
A more complete and delighted absorption in the physical comforts and nourishments of the human creature than Mrs.
"Young Lives" by Richard Le Gallienne
He will observe that the absorption of Germany is immense.
"Punchinello, Vol. II., No. 39., Saturday, December 24, 1870." by Various
This love of death was no mere morbid absorption.
"The Romance of Zion Chapel [3d ed.]" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Aspen-based ESC incorporates sound absorption products beautifully into contemporary homes with hard surfaces.
But the rest of the vitamins are fat-soluble, meaning their absorption is enhanced by dietary fat.
Hybrid Silicone Powders for Oil Absorption in Cosmetics.
Fine Oat Powder for Oil Absorption and Thickening.
Schwarzenegger's memoir, apology for love child has all of us asking: sincerity or self- absorption .
Schwarzenegger's Memoir: Sincerity or Self- absorption .
UFC's absorption of Strikeforce well underway.
Proton pump inhibitor suppression of calcium absorption presenting as respiratory distress in a patient with bilateral laryngeal paralysis and hypocalcemia.
Nanoparticle Improves Absorption of Antioxidants.
Modeling of Steady-State Spectra and Transient Absorption with Modified Redfield Theory.
Clay Body Shrinkage & Absorption .
Atomic Absorption for Trace Element Analysis in the Food and Beverage Industry.
Alaska's marine waters are turning acidic from absorption of greenhouse gases faster than tropical waters.
PANELS Acoustic Sciences Corporation 's Wall Panels provide treble absorption with built-in reflectors.
Adjustable acoustic towers can be used in various configurations on stage, pivoting as needed to reveal a reflective hardwood surface for classical music or a surface of black absorptive material (with 2 thick fiberglass panels) for film.

In science:

Note the ‘window’ regions where the absorption coefficient is low and the general decline of absorption coefficient at shorter wavelength.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
The absorption spectrum of water vapour (figure 6) shows that there are ma jor “window” regions between 8 and 12 µm and around 4 µm, where absorption is weaker than elsewhere, so radiation can escape from the surface or lower atmosphere directly to space.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
Much of the uncertainty relates to the so-called continuum absorption of water vapour (in window regions, both 8 to 12 µm and 4 µm, there is more absorption than one would expect considering nearby water vapour lines).
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
Alternatively, there is a class of rare broad absorption line quasars known as FeLOBALs (Voit et al. 1993; Becker et al. 1997, 2000; Hall et al. 2002) where strong absorption due to iron at relatively low ionisation potentials means there is virtually no flux below λ ∼ 2800 ˚A.
Heavily Reddened Quasars at z~2 in the UKIDSS Large Area Survey: A Transitional Phase in AGN Evolution
Further fine adjustments were applied to the continuum level in the proximity of the absorption lines to be analysed by fitting low order polynomials to spectral intervals deemed to be free of absorption.
A new, precise measurement of the primordial abundance of Deuterium