absorption

noun
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 \ -​tiv How to pronounce absorptive (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for absorption

Synonyms

attention, concentration, engrossment, enthrallment, immersion

Antonyms

inattention

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Examples of absorption in a Sentence

forgot to return the phone call due to his absorption in setting up the new computer system

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Orlistat is a gastrointestinal lipase inhibitor that works by blocking the absorption of 25 percent of the fat in a meal. Kimberly Garrison, https://www.inquirer.com, "Slim down for summer the healthy way | Kimberly Garrison," 4 June 2019 This vulnerable moment is an opportunity for the product to penetrate deeply, maximizing absorption of active ingredients. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Right Way to Use a Skin-Resurfacing Peel in the Summer," 2 Aug. 2018 But when the suspension is compressed, damping fluid gradually moves the free edge of the washer out of the way to increase the volume of the flow path to allow more absorption of bumps in the road. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Harley-Davidson Unveils Its First New Engine in 15 Years," 29 Aug. 2016 Worse, if the ground is still capable of absorption and a car is leaking oil, that material will drain into the Floridan aquifer and pollute a major public water supply, according to the Orlando city engineer. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Ask Orlando: Can you park on the front lawn?," 29 May 2019 Right at the edge of the window, there is some absorption, but not too much. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "The deserts of Titan have organic dust storms," 4 Oct. 2018 Lawn aerators are designed to promote healthy turf growth by promoting airflow and absorption of water and key nutrients. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "What Is a Lawn Aerator, and Do I Need One?," 28 Mar. 2019 Light absorption followed by re-emission at longer wavelengths will create a mismatch between the light spectrum and the material band gap. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Transparent solar cell turns edge on and generates its own light," 12 Dec. 2018 However, Prum and his colleagues believe that light absorption is just as crucial to birds-of-paradise, generally found in eastern Indonesia, eastern Australia, and Papua New Guinea. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "These Birds Use Ultimate Darkness To Attract Mates," 9 Jan. 2018

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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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absorption

noun
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

absorption

noun
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

absorption

noun
ab·​sorp·​tion

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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