absorption

noun
ab·​sorp·​tion | \ əb-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce absorption (audio) , -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 \ əb-​ˈsȯrp-​tiv How to pronounce absorptive (audio) , -​ˈzȯrp-​ \ adjective

Examples of absorption in a Sentence

forgot to return the phone call due to his absorption in setting up the new computer system
Recent Examples on the Web Pick an eight-strand braid with a tight weave to minimize water absorption, or a braid that has been treated with a water-repellent coating—especially when fishing outside of the warmth of a shelter. Outdoor Life, "How To Rig Your Ice Fishing Rods And Reels For Any Fish," 20 Dec. 2019 Another barometer to compare the real estate performance of both cities is absorption and NCR and MMR have both borne the brunt of the overall economic slowdown. Anuj Puri, Quartz India, "In the Delhi versus Mumbai real estate debate, there’s no easy answer," 19 Dec. 2019 Sea-thru's image analysis factors in the physics of light absorption and scattering in the atmosphere, compared with that in the ocean, where the particles that light interacts with are much larger. Erik Olsen, Scientific American, "“Sea-thru” Brings Clarity to Underwater Photos," 14 Nov. 2019 There’s also a gel cushioning system that helps shock absorption during impact, and a midsole with 3 millimeters of additional height to relieve any tension in the Achilles. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Reese Witherspoon Owns So Many Pairs of These Sneakers That She's Constantly Wearing Them," 23 July 2019 The events of photon absorption and emission represent quantum jumps, where the atom suddenly transitions from one state to another. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Following Schrödinger’s cat to its death and giving it a reprieve," 5 June 2019 This reduces absorption and leads to a whitening effect. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Icebergs can be emerald green. Now we know why.," 15 Mar. 2019 Although the setting might sound odd for a precision physics experiment, the corn provided a good source of absorption for stray microwaves that might have interfered with our measurements. Urbasi Sinha, Scientific American, "Quantum Slits Open New Doors," 7 Jan. 2020 Your derm can only inject about every six weeks in the same spot due to the risk of absorption, skin thinning, and scarring, Dr. Bhutani says. Jenna Birch, SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Getting a Cortisone Shot for Acne," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of absorption was in 1597

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Absorption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorption. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for absorption

absorption

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

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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