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 The medical examiner also found a brown paper McDonald’s bag and pieces of blue paper, perhaps from an absorbent urinary pad, in Hancey’s stomach. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 This cleans away all that leftover gunk, leaving fabrics softer and brighter and making towels more absorbent. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Mar. 2022 Courtesy of manufacturers Made from a natural cellulose and cotton, Swedish dishcloths are even more absorbent than paper towels and won't rip. Petra Guglielmetti, Health.com, 11 Mar. 2022 In November, Kudos became first diaper company to win the annual HYGIENIX Innovation Award, which recognizes innovation in the absorbent hygiene and personal care marketplace. Angela Yang, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Feb. 2022 The five-layer pads have a leak-proof lining and an absorbent pad that quickly turns liquid into gel upon contact. Lily Gray, PEOPLE.com, 19 Jan. 2022 The diapers were super absorbent, holding up for hours. Essence, 4 Feb. 2022 The brand’s Copenhagen bath sheet, back in stock in a few weeks, is lightweight and loosely woven but remarkably absorbent ($90, Nordifakt.com). Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, 21 Jan. 2022 In front of that, the upper is a non-stretch, non-absorbent ultra-light transparent mesh that initially feels a bit plasticy, but wraps the foot nicely, disappears quickly on the run, and holds up to wear and tear. Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 23 Sep. 2019 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Absorbent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorbent. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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