absorption

noun
ab·sorp·tion | \əb-ˈsȯrp-shən, -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 \ 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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Dependent on crash pads, and seemingly able to be wherever something was happening and enrich it, Basquiat exhibited a thrilling knack for absorption and reconstitution. Robert Abele, chicagotribune.com, "'Boom for Real' review: Jean-Michel Basquiat, before he was famous," 19 June 2018 Its lyrics pit complacent self-absorption against the grim reality of police brutality by juxtaposing the urban privilege of new bike lanes with the death of Freddy Gray at the hands of Baltimore police. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Stephen Malkmus addresses the politics of today while Portland band Lithics summon the postpunk of the past," 1 June 2018 At 25 pounds, of which 10 pounds is a slab of lead, and also formed of carbon fiber and polyester, the board is heavy, its forward third flexible, with a narrow PVC spine for shock absorption, and two parallel foot straps. Paul Theroux, Smithsonian, "The Epic Quest to Ride the World’s Biggest Wave," 27 June 2018 Dependent on crash pads, and seemingly able to be wherever something was happening and enrich it, Basquiat exhibited a thrilling knack for absorption and reconstitution. Robert Abele, chicagotribune.com, "'Boom for Real' review: Jean-Michel Basquiat, before he was famous," 19 June 2018 Among the serious side effects is permanent discoloration of the skin and poor absorption of some drugs. Lois Norder, ajc, "Peachtree City company warned about promoting unapproved drugs," 15 June 2018 Instead of being dual-ended like the OG cash-money version that comes equipped with both a mask-removing magnet and an LED light tip that helps with absorption and hydration, this model features just the magnet. Maureen Choi, Glamour, "Madonna Just Released a Cheaper Version of Her $600 MDNA Magnetic Face Mask," 6 June 2018 Dependent on crash pads, and seemingly able to be wherever something was happening and enrich it, Basquiat exhibited a thrilling knack for absorption and reconstitution. Robert Abele, latimes.com, "‘Boom for Real’ dives into a teenage Basquiat’s energetic, emergent brilliance," 10 May 2018 Instead, the authors look into partly reflective materials that have a high refractive index and low absorption. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "The material science of building a light sail to take us to Alpha Centauri," 7 May 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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absorption

noun
ab·sorp·tion | \əb-ˈsȯrp-shən, -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- \

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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