absorption

noun

ab·​sorp·​tion əb-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce absorption (audio)
-ˈzȯrp-
1
a
: 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
absorptive
əb-ˈsȯrp-tiv How to pronounce absorption (audio)
-ˈzȯrp-
adjective

Example Sentences

forgot to return the phone call due to his absorption in setting up the new computer system
Recent Examples on the Web Season 4 kept the bloody humor flowing by taking its main characters to new heights of self-delusion, self-absorption and even a little self-growth. Lisa Rosen, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 This instability is hard to bear; no wonder self-absorption is associated with anxiety and depression. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 22 Sep. 2022 People often point to personality traits shared by Palin and Trump, such as thin skin and self-absorption. T.a. Frank, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 Generational resentment, economic frustration, and ethical standards (or lack thereof) are always buried beneath the characters’ utter self-absorption. Terry Byrne, BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2022 Desplechin is a keen observer of human behavior, creating judgment-free zones in which to embrace even the most insufferable self-absorption. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 May 2022 Seating is a major source of sabins—of sound absorption. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 10 Oct. 2022 The sprung slats offer better shock absorption and cushioned support, according to Dreams. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 31 Oct. 2022 Balanced flexibility and shock absorption are just as (if not more) important, says Dr. Schaeffer. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of absorption was in 1597

Dictionary Entries Near absorption

Cite this Entry

“Absorption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorption. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

absorption

noun

ab·​sorp·​tion əb-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce absorption (audio)
-ˈzȯrp-
1
: the process of absorbing or being absorbed: as
a
: the passing of digested food through the wall of the intestines into the blood or lymph
b
: the stopping and taking in especially of radiant energy or sound waves
2
: entire occupation of the mind
absorptive
-ˈsȯrp-tiv How to pronounce absorption (audio)
-ˈzȯrp-
adjective

Medical Definition

absorption

noun

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

absorption

noun

ab·​sorp·​tion
: 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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