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 With their powerful suction and accessories for different tasks, the versatility of Dyson's vacuums speak for themselves. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Save on the Dyson V7 and V11 Vacuums," 17 Oct. 2019 When an anglerfish suddenly opens its giant mouth, Dr. Idyll wrote, the resulting suction pulls in the luckless victim. William J. Broad, New York Times, "The Creepy Anglerfish Comes to Light. (Just Don’t Get Too Close.)," 29 July 2019 Stepping closer to the muffled light, a button prompt appears on screen allowing Kay the chance to clear away the corruption by using her backpack as a veritable suction hose. Washington Post, "‘Sea of Solitude’ is a well-meaning misfire," 11 July 2019 The Sunrise Pro Supreme has a pivoting safety handle and suction-cup base that holds steady during sharpening. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Knife Sharpener," 23 Feb. 2019 Small suction dredges continue to operate just offshore. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "As Bering Sea ice melts, Alaskans, scientists and Seattle’s fishing fleet witness changes ‘on a massive scale’," 15 Sep. 2019 Previously, the procedure in the early stages of pregnancy often involved emptying the uterus by suction. Anna North, Vox, "America’s first generic abortion pill, explained," 20 Aug. 2019 Even then, a defibrillator was not readily available on the floor where Lillis was housed, and a suction machine had not been stored with the tubing, leaving nurses to scramble to find the parts needed to use it, the lawsuit said. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Arapahoe County pays $2.45 million to family of inmate who died in his cell after repeatedly asking for help," 4 Sep. 2019 Natalia can’t swallow liquids, has a feeding tube inserted into her abdomen, uses a breathing machine at night, and often needs her parents to clear mucus from her airways with a suction device. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Easton toddler denied $2.1m gene therapy will now get it for free," 12 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sophia's nose needs to be suctioned at least once an hour, her equipment repeatedly changed out or sanitized. oregonlive, "Death and deals: Sick children suffer, private equity profits," 26 Oct. 2019 In a video that went viral this week, an octopus named Heidi sleeps with her tentacles suctioned to the glass walls of an aquarium in the living room of David Scheel, a marine biologist at Alaska Pacific University. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "Heidi the Snoozing Octopus May Not Be Dreaming After All," 12 Oct. 2019 Many people have never eaten—or even heard of—red abalone, a species of sea snail that lives suctioned onto boulders and feeds on the lush kelp forests of Northern California. Richie Hertzberg, National Geographic, "California's disappearing sea snails carry a grim climate warning," 20 Aug. 2019 Each bottle can be hung on a shower hook or suctioned to the wall for easy use. Lauren Joseph, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Reusable Travel Bottles for All Your Creams, Soaps, and Serums," 19 Aug. 2019 The ring of Zynae’s laughter has been replaced in the house by the loud, raw sound of the machine that her parents and nurses use to regularly suction and clear her mouth to avoid choking. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "A child touched an electrified railing at MGM National Harbor resort, and lives changed.," 8 July 2019 Astronauts need to make sure their excrement hits a roughly dish-sized hole, which suctions it into a plastic bag. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Here’s What a $52 Million Ticket to the ISS Will Get You," 11 June 2019 When the hole is about three feet deep, groundwater rushes in and is suctioned out with a mechanical pump. Paul Tullis, National Geographic, "How the sapphire trade is driving lemurs toward extinction," 6 Mar. 2019 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

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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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15 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for suction

The first known use of suction was in 1626

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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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