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suction

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noun suc·tion \ˈsək-shən\

Definition of suction

  1. 1 :  the act or process of sucking

  2. 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 surfaceb :  force so exerted

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

suctional

play \-shə-nəl, -shnəl\ adjective

Examples of suction in a Sentence

  1. The vacuum cleaner picks up dirt by suction.

  2. The octopus grasps things using suction.

  3. a vacuum cleaner with enough suction to pick up the heaviest particles of dirt

Origin and Etymology of suction

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


First Known Use: 1626


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suction

verb suc·tion

Definition of suction

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to remove (as from a body cavity or passage) by suction

Examples of suction in a Sentence

  1. The surgeon will suction blood out of the area.

1954

First Known Use of suction

1954


SUCTION Defined for English Language Learners

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suction

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noun suc·tion \ˈsək-shən\

Definition of suction for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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suction

verb suc·tion

Definition of suction for English Language Learners

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


SUCTION Defined for Kids

suction

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noun suc·tion \ˈsək-shən\

Definition of suction for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or process of sucking

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

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


Medical Dictionary

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suction

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noun suc·tion \ˈsək-shən\

Medical Definition of suction

  1. 1:  the act or process of sucking

  2. 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 surfaceb:  force so exerted

  3. 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


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suction

transitive verb suc·tion

Medical Definition of suction

  1. :  to remove from a body cavity or passage by suction



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