absorption

noun ab·sorp·tion \ əb-ˈsȯrp-shən , -ˈzȯrp- \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of absorption

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

play \-tiv\ adjective

Examples of absorption in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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 Defined for Kids

absorption

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

Definition of absorption for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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

Law Dictionary

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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