ab·​sorp·​tion | \ əb-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce absorption (audio) , -ˈzȯrp- \

Definition of absorption

1a : the process of absorbing something or of being absorbed absorption of water — compare adsorption
b : interception of radiant energy or sound waves
2 : entire occupation of the mind his absorption in his work

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Other Words from absorption

absorptive \ əb-​ˈsȯrp-​tiv How to pronounce absorptive (audio) , -​ˈzȯrp-​ \ adjective

Examples of absorption in a Sentence

forgot to return the phone call due to his absorption in setting up the new computer system
Recent Examples on the Web The compact microphone has built-in shock absorption and attaches with a cold shoe mount that easily slides onto a camera’s flash shoe, enabling it to work hands-free so the videographer can concentrate on the camera controls. Gregg Ellman, Star Tribune, "Directional microphone will up your video game," 9 Sep. 2020 The palm of the hand is also one of the least permeable areas of the human body, which would reduce the rate of absorption into the body. Robert Chilcott, Ars Technica, "Novichok: How are victims surviving poisoning?," 5 Sep. 2020 Look for shoes or orthotic inserts that have substantial heel cups to help with cushioning and shock absorption to avoid heel pain, Eby says. Emilia Benton, SELF, "The Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis, According to Experts," 3 Sep. 2020 Cell salts stimulate better absorption of nutrients. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 22 Aug. 2020 As horrifying as that may sound, the gut microbiome is exceptionally important for nutrient absorption, and problems or imbalances in the microbiome can result in anything from cardiovascular disease to psychiatric conditions. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: More studies needed to examine link between fermented foods, COVID-19," 15 Jan. 2019 The site notes the many benefits of consuming water even after a meal include nutrient absorption, reducing calorie intake, preventing constipation, softening stool and preventing bloating. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Drinking water while eating does not lead to digestive issues," 20 Aug. 2020 This sense of absorption is frequently interrupted by pings from Zoom. Elizabeth Horkley, The Atlantic, "The First Great ‘Quarantine Horror’ Movie Has Arrived," 19 Aug. 2020 The bottom strip is a performance layer for shock absorption and energy return. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Unique high-tech track waiting for competition at Baldwin Wallace University," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of absorption

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for absorption

borrowed from French & Late Latin; French, borrowed from Late Latin absorptiōn-, absorptiō, from absorbēre "to absorb" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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The first known use of absorption was in 1597

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18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Absorption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorption. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for absorption


ab·​sorp·​tion | \ əb-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce absorption (audio) , -ˈzȯrp- \

Kids Definition of absorption

1 : the process of drawing in or soaking up : absorbing or being absorbed the absorption of water by soil
2 : complete attention


ab·​sorp·​tion | \ əb-ˈsȯrp-shən, -ˈzȯrp- How to pronounce absorption (audio) \

Medical Definition of absorption

1 : the process of absorbing or of being absorbed absorption of nourishment in the small intestine — compare adsorption
2 : interception of radiant energy or sound waves



Legal Definition of absorption

: the application to the states of rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution while Powell [v. Alabama] was sometimes described as having absorbed the right to counsel, the Court there clearly limited any such absorption— W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel

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