Definition of absorbent
: able to absorb as absorbent as a sponge
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Examples of absorbent in a Sentence
highly absorbent material that is really good for wiping off automobiles
Recent Examples of absorbent from the Web
On Wednesday, Plasma Product Innovation demonstrated the chemical process, making even very absorbent materials, such as household kitchen paper, completely waterproof.
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Origin and Etymology of absorbent
borrowed from Latin absorbent-, absorbens, present participle of absorbēre “to absorb”
First Known Use: 1694
ABSORBENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of absorbent for English Language Learners
: able to take in and hold liquid : able to absorb liquid
ABSORBENT Defined for Kids
Definition of absorbent for Students
: able to draw in or soak up absorbent paper towels
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