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 The water-intensive sorbent will need 10 tons of water to produce 1 ton of carbon dioxide. Zayna Syed, The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 The fans need electricity, of course, but the bulk of the power goes to heating up the carbon to liberate it from the sorbent. Vince Beiser, Wired, 28 Dec. 2021 Another direct air capture system, employing a solid sorbent, uses somewhat less energy, but companies have struggled to scale it up beyond pilots. June Sekera, The Conversation, 23 Nov. 2021 With the help of helicopters guiding response vessels, crews are using current busters, oil skimmers and barrier, and sorbent boom to collect the oil. Camille Furst And Alaa Elassar, CNN, 1 Aug. 2021 However, the main weakness of sorbent booms is that they can only be used once. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, 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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“Sorbent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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

Medical Definition of sorbent

: a substance that sorbs

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