absorbent

adjective
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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Other Words from absorbent

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 Nirghin learned that orange peels had high levels of pectin, which is super absorbent. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Meet Glamour's 2019 College Women of the Year," 11 June 2019 Its absorbent peatlands hold the equivalent of three years’ worth of global carbon emissions, mitigating global warming. The Economist, "Congo’s enormous rainforest is getting smaller," 17 Oct. 2019 Crucially, the microfiber layer is removable and machine washable (in case of accidents) and the bottom is made of a non-absorbent lining. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Cat Camp Is the Tent for Adventure Kitties Who Don’t Actually Go Outside," 5 Oct. 2019 OmniTRAX will ship in bentonite, an absorbent clay, from Wyoming. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "With nearly two dozen”shortline” railroads across the country, Denver’s OmniTRAX has quickly become a major player," 29 Sep. 2019 His brain is wicked absorbent, like Neo in The Matrix, uploading knowledge through a hot spear jammed into the back of his skull. Devin Gordon, The Atlantic, "I Tried to Live Like Joe Rogan," 19 Aug. 2019 As Sanchez waited, Newman said the mother was given an absorbent pad to lie on. oregonlive, "‘Nobody cared’: A woman gave birth alone in a jail cell after cries for help were ignored, lawsuit says," 3 Sep. 2019 As Sanchez waited, Newman said the mother was given an absorbent pad to lie on. Allyson Chiu, The Denver Post, "Woman gave birth alone in Denver County Jail after cries for help were ignored, lawsuit says," 29 Aug. 2019 These performed well our Textiles Lab four wetness tests, proving impressively absorbent, no matter whether the wetting occurred gradually or all at once — even at an angle! The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Little Journey Small Stride Diapers," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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4 Dec 2019

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“Absorbent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorbent. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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absorbent

adjective
How to pronounce absorbent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of absorbent

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

absorbent

adjective
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

absorbent

adjective
ab·​sor·​bent
variants: also absorbant \ -​bənt How to pronounce absorbant (audio) \

Medical Definition of absorbent

: able to absorb absorbent gauze

Other Words from absorbent

absorbent also absorbant noun

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