adsorb

verb
ad·​sorb | \ ad-ˈsȯrb How to pronounce adsorb (audio) , -ˈzȯrb How to pronounce adsorb (audio) \
adsorbed; adsorbing; adsorbs

Definition of adsorb

transitive verb

: to take up and hold by adsorption

Other Words from adsorb

adsorbable \ ad-​ˈsȯr-​bə-​bəl How to pronounce adsorb (audio) , -​ˈzȯr-​ \ adjective
adsorber \ ad-​ˈsȯr-​bər How to pronounce adsorb (audio) , -​ˈzȯr-​ \ noun

Examples of adsorb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biochar has the ability to adsorb—the process of holding tiny particles (adsorbates) on the surface of larger solid materials (adsorbents)—pollutants and organic substances present in water because of its carbon-rich particles and textual features. Amin Mirkouei, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Some of it is just loosely attached to rock surfaces; this is especially true of sandy, loose material, which has more surface area to adsorb the gas. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 31 July 2018 Try It: Activated Charcoal Fart Filtering Adept at adsorbing foul and toxic smells from gases and liquids, activated charcoal has some applications for reducing body odor. Erin Levi, Good Housekeeping, 25 Mar. 2017 Water harvester The atmospheric water harvester under development at Berkeley consists primarily of a thin copper sheet coated with water-adsorbing crystals known as metal organic frameworks. NBC News, 15 Dec. 2017 Russia also insisted in its Paris submission that it be given the maximum potential credit for carbon adsorbed out of the atmosphere by Siberia’s vast undeveloped forests. Washington Post, 3 June 2017 Russia also insisted in its Paris submission that it be given the maximum potential credit for carbon adsorbed out of the atmosphere by Siberia’s vast undeveloped forests. Washington Post, 3 June 2017 Russia also insisted in its Paris submission that it be given the maximum potential credit for carbon adsorbed out of the atmosphere by Siberia’s vast undeveloped forests. Washington Post, 3 June 2017 Russia also insisted in its Paris submission that it be given the maximum potential credit for carbon adsorbed out of the atmosphere by Siberia’s vast undeveloped forests. Washington Post, 3 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of adsorb

1809, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for adsorb

back-formation from adsorption

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More Definitions for adsorb

adsorb

transitive verb
ad·​sorb | \ ad-ˈsȯ(ə)rb How to pronounce adsorb (audio) , -ˈzȯ(ə)rb How to pronounce adsorb (audio) \

Medical Definition of adsorb

: to take up and hold by adsorption

Other Words from adsorb

adsorbability \ -​ˌsȯr-​bə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē, -​ˌzȯr-​ How to pronounce adsorb (audio) \ noun, plural adsorbabilities
adsorbable \ -​ˈsȯr-​bə-​bəl How to pronounce adsorb (audio) , -​ˈzȯr-​ How to pronounce adsorb (audio) \ adjective

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