absorption

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

Definition of absorption

  1. 1a :  the process of absorbing something or of being absorbed <absorption of water> — compare adsorptionb :  interception of radiant energy or sound waves

  2. 2 :  entire occupation of the mind <his absorption in his work>

absorptive

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Examples of absorption in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of absorption

French & Latin; French, from Latin absorption-, absorptio, from absorbēre —see absorb


First Known Use: 1597

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ABSORPTION Defined for Kids

absorption

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

Definition of absorption for Students

  1. 1 :  the process of drawing in or soaking up :  absorbing or being absorbed <the absorption of water by soil>

  2. 2 :  complete attention


Medical Dictionary

absorption

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

Medical Definition of absorption

  1. 1:  the process of absorbing or of being absorbed <absorption of nourishment in the small intestine>—compare adsorption

  2. 2:  interception of radiant energy or sound waves


Law Dictionary

absorption

noun ab·sorp·tion

Legal Definition of absorption

  1. :  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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