ab·​sorb·​er əb-ˈsȯr-bər How to pronounce absorber (audio)
plural absorbers
: one that absorbs or takes in something
a water absorber
an impact absorber
an eager absorber of information
Tiny liquid cloud droplets are selective absorbers in that they are good absorbers of infrared radiation but poor absorbers of visible solar radiation.C. Donald Ahrens
We still command the most liquid capital markets anywhere, and there is some expectation that we will be an absorber of liquid funds from the rest of the world.J. David Richardson
see also shock absorber

Examples of absorber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Formulated for the hair and body, this leads with nourishing ingredients like argan oil and vitamin E, plus a sun-exposure absorber that protects hair from UV rays. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 7 Feb. 2024 The food is freeze-dried to pull out all its moisture, then stored in a mylar pouch with an oxygen absorber. WIRED, 28 Oct. 2023 Some were just passive nutrient absorbers, picking up amino acids kicking around in the water. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 One promising idea is to use multiple absorber materials to create a stack of solar cells in which each semiconductor is paired with a particular portion of the solar spectrum. Tracy H. Schloemer, IEEE Spectrum, 19 Sep. 2023 Customers can bring their vehicles to Mercedes-Benz dealers for a free absorbers replacement as necessary. Kate Perez, USA TODAY, 14 Aug. 2023 In February 1976, RCA dispatched a mobile recording unit to Graceland and transformed the large room into a temporary recording studio (the shag carpeting acting as a natural sound absorber). Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2023 Currently, the most efficient device made using three light absorbers under standard illumination—that is, without using lenses or other concentrators—has an efficiency of 39.5 percent. Tracy H. Schloemer, IEEE Spectrum, 19 Sep. 2023 One of the more interesting features is your ability to choose the filter that might work the best for you: there’s the HEPA H13 filter that comes standard, but there’s also options for a pet allergy filter, a toxin absorber filter, and—yep—a smoke remover filter. Alida Nugent, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1696, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of absorber was in 1696

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“Absorber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorber. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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