absorption line


: a dark line in an absorption spectrum

Examples of absorption line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only requirement is the presence of an atom with an x-ray absorption line covered by the x-ray probe’s spectrum, making elements like silicon viable candidates for exploration. IEEE Spectrum, 9 Jan. 2024 Because spectra also reveal the gas’s chemical components, density, temperature, and motion toward or away from Earth, for the last 50 years quasar absorption line studies have remained one of the best ways to study cosmic gas. Ann Finkbeiner, Discover Magazine, 28 Aug. 2019 With an extra neutron in its nucleus, the deuterium absorption line overlaps with, but its peak is off-center from, the peak of the normal hydrogen. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 After reanalyzing the data, Greaves said her team still finds an absorption line for phosphine, but at far lower levels of 1 part per billion (ppb). Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 17 Nov. 2020 Instead, proof could arrive in the form of very distinct spectroscopic features—particularly an absorption line at 450 nanometers within the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, 12 June 2019 The most prominent absorption lines of hydrogen and ionized oxygen are at very short wavelengths, in the ultraviolet and X-ray portions of the spectrum. Quanta Magazine, 19 Sep. 2018 The precise shape of the absorption line also matches that seen in hydrogen, as the researchers report today in Nature. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, 4 Apr. 2018

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'absorption line.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of absorption line was in 1861

Dictionary Entries Near absorption line

Cite this Entry

“Absorption line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorption%20line. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on absorption line

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!