• WordNet 3.6
    • n engrossment the quality of being intent and concentrated "the intentness of his gaze"
    • n engrossment the mental state of being preoccupied by something
    • n engrossment complete attention; intense mental effort
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Engrossment That which has been engrossed, as an instrument, legislative bill, goods, etc.
    • Engrossment The act of engrossing; as, the engrossment of a deed. "Engrossments of power and favor."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n engrossment The act of engrossing; the appropriation of things in large or undue quantities; exorbitant acquisition.
    • n engrossment The act of copying out in large fair or ornamental characters: as, the engrossment of a deed, or of a testimonial.
    • n engrossment The copy of an instrument or writing made in large fair characters.
    • n engrossment The state of being engrossed or entirely occupied about something, to the exclusion of other things; appropriation; absorption.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Engrossment act of engrossing: that which has been engrossed: a fair copy
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  • Edward Frederic Benson
    Edward Frederic Benson
    “When one is happy there is no time to be fatigued; being happy engrosses the whole attention.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Fr. en gros, in large—L. in, in, grossus, large. See Gross.


In literature:

To be sure he had become more engrossed in plans for future operations.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 2, August, 1862" by Various
My mind was engrossed with the revelation to which I had listened.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
Should that come to be, my poor patent of nobility would not be worth the parchment upon which it was engrossed.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Things in themselves engrossed me more than the problem of experience.
"Adventures in the Arts" by Marsden Hartley
Nor was it mere mechanic industry; it was hard labour, exact, strenuous, engrossing rigorous.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
Engrossed with each other the Very Young Man and Aura sailed close up to the water-front of Orlog before they remembered their situation.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
At the other place people used to ask us out, and we had quite a good time; but in town people are engrossed in their own affairs.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
For the next few weeks Esther's approaching marriage seemed to engross attention to the exclusion of every other topic.
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
The return home was silent; each was engrossed in thought.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
This is a great occasion for us, and it is natural that we should be excited and a little bit self-engrossed.
"The Fortunes of the Farrells" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

In poetry:

Once engrossing Bridge of Lodi,
Is thy claim to glory gone?
Must I pipe a palinody,
Or be silent thereupon?
"The Bridge Of Lodi" by Thomas Hardy
The fading cries of the light
Awaken the endless desert
Engrossed in its tropical slumber
Enclosed by the dead grey oceans
Enclasped by the arms of the night
"Yves Tanguy" by David Gascoyne
Yet, O my Lyre! the busy crowd
Will little heed thy simple tones;
Them mightier minstrels harping loud
Engross,—and thou and I must shroud
Where dark oblivion 'thrones.
"To My Lyre" by Henry Kirke White
Fleeter than these, their hues are lost,
Their fragrance as a spirit fled."
Then, like a wind, the voice was dead.
In other flow'rs of dream engrossed,
I left those dreams unharvested;
"The Garden Of Dreams" by Clark Ashton Smith
What baby wants, that baby has—
A law unalterable as
The poor shall serve the rich:
They are beyond her reach—almost!
She kneels, she strains, and, too engrossed,
Topples into the ditch.
"The Child-Mother" by George MacDonald
Who loves himself to great excess,
You'll grant must love his neighbour less;
When self engrosses all the heart
How can another have a part?
Then if self-love most men enthrall,
A neighbour's share is none at all.
"The Impossibility Conquered : Or, Love Your Neighbour As Yourself." by Hannah More

In news:

Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire might welcome a video game based on the series, but it's not as engrossing as the books.
FOR more than a decade, the American real estate market resembled an overstuffed novel, which is to say, it was an engrossing piece of fiction.
The following editorial appeared in The Telegraph, Alton, Ill. (MCT) — So engrossed are we in our handheld mobile devices that we sometimes find ourselves walking into poles.
"When you can eat just about anything nature has to offer," Michael Pollan writes in his thoughtful, engrossing new book, "The Omnivore 's Dilemma," "deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety.".
Engrossing doc explores the price of the rock life.
8/11 12p: Kristen Iversen talks about her new book "Full Body Burden", an engrossing memoir and powerful piece of investigative journalism about growing up in the Atomic Age.
One of the more engrossing and amusing moments in the Martha Stewart trial-a spectacle that has produced precious little comic relief thusfar-occurred over a simple dash.
A prosaic cop and a professor nicknamed "Detective Galileo" star in an engrossing Japanese take on Holmes and Watson.
John Sayles' Amigo aspires more to educate than entertain, but it's no less engrossing for that.
KELVIN MAZARA, a seventh grader at the Edison School in Union City, N.J. Could not have appeared more engrossed in the morning's assignment.
Jill Lepore deserves a Laurel for her engrossing tale of how political communications came to be so toxic.
The bullet-riddled, hyper-noir fun is as engrossing as ever in this sequel to the original third-person shooter.
The New Yorker review called Wolf "a master" and described the play as "hilarious, as rich as a novel, exceptional and engrossing.
Another working title for this post was "Books to Sneak into the Bathroom" because some books are just so engrossing that you cannot put them down.
Beyond the colorful quilt displays and array of fabrics, you might see a dozen young kids engrossed in making paper bag scrapbooks.