ab·​sor·​bent | \ əb-ˈsȯr-bənt How to pronounce absorbent (audio) , -ˈzȯr- \
variants: or less commonly absorbant

Definition of absorbent

: able to absorb as absorbent as a sponge

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absorbent or less commonly absorbant noun

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Examples of absorbent in a Sentence

highly absorbent material that is really good for wiping off automobiles
Recent Examples on the Web At the scene, crews deployed absorbent pads, deployed a boom system to stop the spill from spreading and used a skimmer that is pumping the oil to a vacuum truck, the Coast Guard said. Anchorage Daily News, "Coast Guard reports vessel spilled hydraulic oil in Kodiak," 28 Dec. 2020 Very absorbent material for allergy symptoms (runny nose, frequent sneezing). Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best facial tissue," 19 Dec. 2020 Other absorbent materials would include deciduous leaves and shredded office paper. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Low producing peony patch may need dividing," 13 Dec. 2020 These precious hooded towels accomplish the same thing, while also being long-lasting, absorbent, and soft. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "30 of the best gifts you can get from Carter's," 6 Nov. 2020 Unlike their close cousin the tea towel, which doesn’t excel at drying, flour sack dishcloths are highly absorbent and dry water off of dishes and glassware quickly and easily. Jolie Kerr, CNN Underscored, "18 top-rated dishcloths for easy, eco-friendly cleaning," 6 Nov. 2020 Earlier versions contained the same types of absorbent powders as dry shampoo, but with a little bit of an antistatic agent to help reduce frizz and flyaways, and maybe a bit of oil to provide some conditioning effects. Danielle Gray, Allure, "How to Use Dry Conditioner on Your Hair," 24 Nov. 2020 Fresh whole flour may also be more absorbent and need additional time to rest or ferment, particularly with bread dough but not for things like cookies. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Not all flour is alike; here's how to work with fresh flours from whole grains," 17 Nov. 2020 Inexpensive bar mops — small, absorbent, quick-drying dishrags — are perfect for the job. Jolie Kerr, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to clean up holiday spills and messes," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of absorbent

1694, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for absorbent

borrowed from Latin absorbent-, absorbens, present participle of absorbēre "to absorb"

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The first known use of absorbent was in 1694

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31 Dec 2020

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“Absorbent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorbent. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of absorbent

: able to take in and hold liquid : able to absorb liquid


ab·​sor·​bent | \ əb-ˈsȯr-bənt How to pronounce absorbent (audio) , -ˈzȯr- \

Kids Definition of absorbent

: able to draw in or soak up absorbent paper towels


variants: also absorbant \ -​bənt How to pronounce absorbent (audio) \

Medical Definition of absorbent

: able to absorb absorbent gauze

Other Words from absorbent

absorbent also absorbant noun

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