suction

noun
suc·​tion | \ ˈsək-shən How to pronounce suction (audio) \

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 How to pronounce suctional (audio) , -​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 The rubber brush never got stuck, the suction was powerful, and Dirt Detect sniffed out the gross spots in our carpets with creepy but appreciated accuracy. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "The 30 Best Prime Day Deals From Amazon's Biggest Rivals," 14 Oct. 2020 High shelves can be tricky not only because of their placement, but because the items on display — books, pictures or other treasures — can be too delicate for the suction of a vacuum cleaner. Angela Serratore, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean The Hardest to Reach Spots in Your Home," 13 Oct. 2020 The Dyson V11 cordless stick vacuum delivers powerful suction that captures dust particles to HEPA standards (99. 97 percent of microscopic dust particles as small as 0. Popular Science, "Home and office products that make sure-fire gifts," 7 Oct. 2020 Nearly 9,000 shoppers have given it a perfect five-star rating thanks to the vacuum’s powerful suction capabilities and long battery life. Rebecca Carhart, PEOPLE.com, "Amazon’s Best-Selling Robot Vacuum Is Majorly Marked Down Right Now," 27 Aug. 2020 With its patented premium 3-Stage Cleaning System featuring multi-surface brushes, this powerful robovac boasts five times the suction power of the Roomba 600 and 700 series — perfect for those who are dealing with a lot of dirt on a daily basis. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "The best sales to shop this weekend: Toms, Wayfair, Roomba and more," 9 Oct. 2020 That’s because all space toilets rely on one important thing: suction. Amy Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine, "NASA Just Sent a New $23 Million Space Toilet to the International Space Station," 9 Oct. 2020 While some vacuums provide numerical measurements for their suction power, iRobot does not. Whitson Gordon, NBC News, "Roomba robot vacuums: Everything you need to know," 8 Oct. 2020 Even decent cordless models have enough suction power to clean deep into carpets. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "The best stick vacuum of 2020," 26 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Geotubes will be used to suction contaminated sediments from the river bottom. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale to pay millions to dredge waterways soiled by sewage," 21 Oct. 2020 Smart robot vacuum cleaners do an excellent job of avoiding that, working to suction up dirt without having to lift a finger. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "You can snag this top-rated Roomba at a massive discount for today only," 1 June 2020 Inside the doors of the gym, risk is elevated, and so too is the debate over whether to wear a mask that could suction to the nose and mouth, as Victoria Williams' cloth covering did. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Should you wear a face mask to the gym? A look at the debate," 11 June 2020 This smart vac offers solid suctioning power and was remarkably easy to set up, which was why our testers enjoyed it. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Friday," 28 Feb. 2020 Eye-Vac stationary vacuum: Sweep debris to the always-on infrared sensors at the base of the vacuum and the debris will be automatically suctioned into the easy-to-dump canister. oregonlive, "These 10 smart or wacky, sensor-activated devices keep germs at a distance," 31 Mar. 2020 Franny occasionally chokes on his phlegm and needs suctioning, and relies on a personal care attendant with experience providing respiratory care. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "For families of ALS patients, providing home care can be an infinite challenge," 11 Jan. 2020 Medical staff help the children get better by giving them supplemental oxygen and supplemental feedings and by suctioning the secretions that build up and block the nasal and bronchial passages. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'I just don't like the way he's breathing': hospitals see spike in children with severe respiratory virus," 10 Jan. 2020 So this little silicon cup can actually suction your other breast and creates a constant suction. Essence, "I Tried These Three Breast Pumps And Found My Favorites," 3 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of suction was in 1626

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Last Updated

27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Suction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suction. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for suction

suction

noun
How to pronounce suction (audio)

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)

technical : 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 How to pronounce suction (audio) \

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 How to pronounce suction (audio) \

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

Medical Definition of suction (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove from a body cavity or passage by suction

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