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 This smart home device features a three-stage cleaning system that loosens, lifts and suctions dirt, dust and particles from your floors. NBC News, "Best ongoing Earth Day sales 2020: Tech, bedding and more," 24 Apr. 2020 Given the option of a C-section or a vacuum extraction (which involves attaching a cup to the baby’s head and gently using suction to pull the baby out) — Finkbeiner chose the latter. Mona Gable, New York Times, "Are Fears of Inducing Labor Overblown?," 15 Apr. 2020 The board bolstered the quality of personal protective equipment that offices must supply during procedures in which drills, electric brushes, scalers and suction devices can spew patients’ saliva, mucus and blood into the air. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Coronavirus mask edict tightened for dental offices — at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s insistence," 1 May 2020 Start with a new vacuum bag or clean cup and filter to make sure your vacuum’s suction is at its best to pick up the fine powder from the carpet. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Carpet the Right Way, According to a Cleaning Expert," 13 Jan. 2020 The Army Corps is already considering how field houses can also reach the negative pressure environments for air locks and suction necessary to safely house patients who have the coronavirus. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Army Corps of Engineers pivots again to coronavirus patient build-outs," 3 Apr. 2020 Any space with oxygen and suction machines — from anesthesia recovery rooms to endoscopy spaces — is a candidate to be repurposed as an intensive care bed. NBC News, "Inside a top hospital's battle against the coronavirus," 25 Mar. 2020 The higher the number, the stronger the suction will be and, consequently, the better the sealer will be at removing all of the air before sealing. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Vacuum Sealer," 8 Apr. 2020 New mothers come back to work weeks after giving birth, pour their post-pregnancy bodies into office attire, and excuse themselves every few hours to suction milk from their breasts. Danielle J. Lindemann, Quartz at Work, "Work-life balance is a lie—and coronavirus is exposing it," 26 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Retailers from Amazon to Walgreens also regularly suction up your transaction history to steer future spending and hold your loyalty. Washington Post, "For banks, data on your spending habits could be a gold mine," 2 Dec. 2019 That's why the iRobot Roomba Vacuum — which suctions up dirt, debris, and hair on all floor types — could be a worthy investment. NBC News, "15 smart home products on sale right now," 27 Nov. 2019 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

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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

30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Suction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suction. Accessed 31 May. 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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