suction

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noun

suc·​tion ˈsək-shən How to pronounce suction (audio)
1
: the act or process of sucking
2
a
: 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
suctional adjective

suction

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verb

suctioned; suctioning; suctions

transitive verb

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
This suction head attachment does what your $500+ robot vacuum can’t — collect large piles of debris, like big leaves, piles of dirt, and other miscellaneous messes. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 8 June 2024 The tremendous suction flings her directly into a window that looks down on Earth. Erin Qualey, Vulture, 13 Mar. 2024
Verb
Investigators found evidence linked to her disappearance in Hartford trash bins and suctioned other evidence out of a city storm drain on Albany Avenue. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 1 Mar. 2024 The liquid suctioned out of her lungs was teeming with inflammatory cells. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for suction 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of suction was in 1626

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Cite this Entry

“Suction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suction. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

suction

noun
suc·​tion
ˈsək-shən
1
: the act or process of sucking
2
a
: the action or process of drawing something (as liquid or dust) into a space (as a vacuum cleaner or a pump) by removing air from the space
b
: the force caused by suction

Medical Definition

suction

1 of 2 noun
suc·​tion ˈsək-shən How to pronounce suction (audio)
1
: the act or process of sucking
2
a
: 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

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to remove from a body cavity or passage by suction

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