sor·​bent | \ ˈsȯr-bənt How to pronounce sorbent (audio) \

Definition of sorbent

: a substance that sorbs

Examples of sorbent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, the main weakness of sorbent booms is that they can only be used once. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "New 'Sponge' Material Can Absorb 90 Times Its Weight in Oil," 6 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of sorbent

circa 1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sorbent

Latin sorbent-, sorbens, present participle of sorbēre to suck up — more at absorb

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The first known use of sorbent was circa 1856

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“Sorbent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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: a substance that sorbs

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