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Absorption definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. The act or process of imbibing or swallowing; either by water which overwhelms, or by substances, which drink in and retain liquids; as the absorption of a body in a whirlpool, or of water by the earth, or of the humors of the body by dry powders. It is used also to express the swallowing up of substances by the earth in chasms made by earthquakes, and the sinking of large tracts in violent commotions of the earth.
2. In chimistry, the conversion of a gaseous fluid into a liquid or solid, by union with another substance.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: (chemistry) a process in which one substance permeates another; a fluid permeates or is dissolved by a liquid or solid [syn: absorption, soaking up]
2: (physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium; "the absorption of photons by atoms or molecules"
3: the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another [syn: assimilation, absorption]
4: the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion [syn: assimilation, absorption]
5: complete attention; intense mental effort [syn: concentration, engrossment, absorption, immersion]
6: the mental state of being preoccupied by something [syn: preoccupation, preoccupancy, absorption, engrossment]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: French & Latin; French, from Latin absorption-, absorptio, from absorb?re Date: 1741 1. a. the process of absorbing or of being absorbed compare adsorption b. interception of radiant energy or sound waves 2. entire occupation of the mind <absorption in his work> absorptive adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the process or action of absorbing or being absorbed. 2 disappearance through incorporation into something else. 3 mental engrossment. Derivatives: absorptive adj. Etymology: L absorptio (as ABSORB)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Absorption Ab*sorp"tion, n. [L. absorptio, fr. absorbere. See Absorb.] 1. The act or process of absorbing or sucking in anything, or of being absorbed and made to disappear; as, the absorption of bodies in a whirlpool, the absorption of a smaller tribe into a larger. 2. (Chem. & Physics) An imbibing or reception by molecular or chemical action; as, the absorption of light, heat, electricity, etc. 3. (Physiol.) In living organisms, the process by which the materials of growth and nutrition are absorbed and conveyed to the tissues and organs. 4. Entire engrossment or occupation of the mind; as, absorption in some employment.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. The absorption of a liquid, gas, or other substance is the process of it being soaked up or taken in. Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron from food. N-UNCOUNT: oft N of n 2. The absorption of a group into a larger group is the process of it becoming part of the larger group. N-UNCOUNT: usu with poss, oft N into/by n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Absorbing. See absorb, 1 and 2. 2. Engrossment, occupation, engagement, immersion.

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