absorbent

adjective

ab·​sor·​bent əb-ˈsȯr-bənt How to pronounce absorbent (audio)
-ˈzȯr-
variants or less commonly absorbant
: able to absorb
as absorbent as a sponge
absorbent noun
or less commonly absorbant

Examples of absorbent in a Sentence

highly absorbent material that is really good for wiping off automobiles
Recent Examples on the Web Stick to styles that are not only breathable but also absorbent, especially during your postpartum period. Nikita Charuza, Peoplemag, 20 Feb. 2024 These Turkish cotton towels are safe from harmful substances, gentle on the skin, and highly absorbent. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 12 Feb. 2024 Apply the bandage loosely so the absorbent pad is slightly raised above the injured area. Karen Pallarito, Health, 1 Feb. 2024 According to users, the towels are incredibly absorbent and durable and will leave completely dry after every use. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 21 Mar. 2024 Experts recommend transporting blood samples in two containers or bags with absorbent materials. Jody Serrano / Gizmodo, Quartz, 18 Mar. 2024 Though most of these picks are made from cotton, Brooklinen's Tufted Bath Rug earns bonus points for being extra absorbent and dense for arch support. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 4 Mar. 2024 Robes that are made from absorbent materials are best for drying off after a shower. Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 15 Dec. 2023 But Take Note With very full diapers, the absorbent material can make the diaper very heavy. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 10 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1694, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of absorbent was in 1694

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Cite this Entry

“Absorbent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorbent. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

absorbent

adjective
ab·​sor·​bent əb-ˈsȯr-bənt How to pronounce absorbent (audio)
-ˈzȯr-
: able to absorb
as absorbent as a sponge
absorbency
əb-ˈsȯr-bən-sē
-ˈzȯr-
noun
absorbent noun

Medical Definition

absorbent

adjective
ab·​sor·​bent
variants also absorbant
: able to absorb
absorbent gauze
absorbent noun
also absorbant

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