suction

noun
suc·​tion | \ˈsək-shən \

Definition of suction 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or process of sucking

2a : the act or process of exerting a force upon a solid, liquid, or gaseous body by reason of reduced air pressure over part of its surface

b : force so exerted

3 : a device (such as a pipe or fitting) used in a machine that operates by suction

suction

verb
suctioned; suctioning; suctions

Definition of suction (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to remove (as from a body cavity or passage) by suction

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Other Words from suction

Noun

suctional \ˈsək-​shə-​nᵊl, -​shnəl \ adjective

Examples of suction in a Sentence

Noun

The vacuum cleaner picks up dirt by suction. The octopus grasps things using suction. a vacuum cleaner with enough suction to pick up the heaviest particles of dirt

Verb

The surgeon will suction blood out of the area.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And when the suction is released by lifting the climber's weight off of the stirrup, the paddle can be easily moved elsewhere. Dan Dubno, Popular Mechanics, "Anyone Can Be Spider-Man With DARPA's Wall-Climbing Invention," 7 Dec. 2016 But, the real material is in its 1,258 comments, where users seem to be raving the most about things like its insanely impressive suction. Collier Sutter, House Beautiful, "People Are Obsessed With This $150 Vacuum From Amazon," 2 Oct. 2018 The standard treatment for GTD is to remove the tumors by suction dilation and curettage (D&C), which Meredith had two days later. Natalie Lampert, Marie Claire, "Why Women Reeling From Miscarriage Are Turning to the Web," 1 Oct. 2018 There are three suction power settings, so the runtime varies from 40 to 80 minutes. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Dyson announces its new robot vacuum, the 360 Heurist," 12 Sep. 2018 The Lumenis LightSheer laser, one of the most popular diode lasers out there, even has a suction mechanism to distract your attention from the pain. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "The Brown Girl's Guide to Laser Hair Removal," 20 Aug. 2018 The 11+ initially failed to live up to its predecessor in terms of quality suction and navigation. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "The 10 most popular things our readers bought on Amazon in March," 2 Apr. 2018 Swapping them out a little earlier and regularly cleaning the canisters and filters will improve your machine's suction, big-time. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Test Your Housekeeping Knowledge: How Gross Are Your Cleaning Habits?," 10 July 2018 The latest robot vacuum to join the family is the RoboVac 30, which has 15% stronger suction than the RoboVac 11S. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best Amazon deals right now," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

So with my afternoon feeling true downforce suctioning everything to the ground complete, perhaps staying below 130mph can be a new sweet spot. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "How a day driving high-downforce cars at VIR taught me I’m OK being slow," 11 Sep. 2018 Young suctioned out birth debris from the baby's mouth and everybody rubbed her with hands and towels to trigger breathing. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baby born practically in front yard of Greenfield home on Memorial Day," 5 June 2018 From suctioning grime and makeup out of your pores to infusing your skin with antioxidants, there's a solution for every skin complaint out there. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "15 Great Sheet Masks, So Cheap You Can Buy Them All," 12 Apr. 2018 It can be done with heat by lighting flammable liquid in a glass cup and suctioning that to the back once the flame goes out, with the decrease in temperature creating the suction. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Bryce Harper shared a crazy photo of his cupping therapy," 25 Jan. 2018 Many novelists are called Dickensian, but Adiga comes closer than most, albeit with every last speck of Victorian sentimentality suctioned out. Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, "Some Boys Rise, Some Boys Fall," 9 Jan. 2017 In ultrasonic liposuction, surgeons first inject fluid into the fat deposits to help transmit the probe’s ultrasonic energy into the fat, breaking it down so it can be easily suctioned out. Mark E. Bruley, Philly.com, "Medical Mystery: An unexpected outcome from liposuction," 23 June 2017 Rather than grabbing onto the coral, the fish appear to create a seal with their mouths over a small area, presumably to more efficiently suction off coral mucus and flesh. National Geographic, "Why Slimy Fish Lips Are the Secret to Eating Stinging Coral," 5 June 2017 The operation was an experiment: On a hunch, the surgeon suctioned out two trenches of tissue from the man’s brain, one from each of his medial temporal lobes, located deep below the skull about level with the ears. Benedict Carey, New York Times, "Brenda Milner, Eminent Brain Scientist, Is ‘Still Nosy’ at 98," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of suction

Noun

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suction

Noun

Late Latin suction-, suctio, from Latin sugere to suck — more at suck

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suction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of suction

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or process of removing the air, water, etc., from a space in order to pull something into that space or in order to cause something to stick to a surface; also : the force with which the air, water, etc., in a space is removed

suction

verb

English Language Learners Definition of suction (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove (something) by pulling it with the force of moving water, air, etc. : to remove (something) by using suction

suction

noun
suc·​tion | \ˈsək-shən \

Kids Definition of suction

1 : the act or process of sucking

2 : the process of drawing something into a space (as in a pump) by removing air from the space

3 : the force caused by suction The vacuum cleaner has strong suction.

suction

noun
suc·​tion | \ˈsək-shən \

Medical Definition of suction 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or process of sucking

2a : the act or process of exerting a force upon a solid, liquid, or gaseous body by reason of reduced air pressure over part of its surface

b : force so exerted

3 : the act or process of removing secretions or fluids from hollow or tubular organs or cavities by means of a tube and a device (as a suction pump) that operates on negative pressure

suction

transitive verb

Medical Definition of suction (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove from a body cavity or passage by suction

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