- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əbˈsɔː.bn̩t/, /əbˈzɔː.bn̩t/
- (US) IPA(key): /æbˈsɔɹ.bn̩t/, /æbˈzɔɹ.bn̩t/, /əbˈsɔɹ.bn̩t/, /əbˈzɔɹ.bn̩t/
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- Having the ability or tendency to absorb; able to soak up liquid easily; absorptive. [First attested in the early 18th century.]
- Those paper towels were amazingly absorbent. That was quite a spill.
absorbent (plural absorbents)
- Anything which absorbs. [First attested in the early 18th century.]
- 1839, Darwin, Charles, The Voyage of the Beagle, page 225, Forgotten Books:
- In the Southern Ocean the winter is not so excessively cold, but the summer is far less hot, for the clouded sky seldom allows the sun to warm the ocean, itself a bad absorbent of heat: and hence the mean temperature of the year […] is low.
- (physiology, pluralized, now rare) The vessels by which the processes of absorption are carried on, as the lymphatics in animals, the extremities of the roots in plants. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- (medicine) Any substance which absorbs and neutralizes acid fluid in the stomach and bowels, as magnesia, chalk, etc.; also a substance, e.g., iodine, which acts on the absorbent vessels so as to reduce enlarged and indurated parts.
- (chemistry) A liquid used in the process of separating gases or volatile liquids, in oil refining.
- Norwegian Bokmål: absorbent
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- Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “absorbent”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 9.
- (Balearic) IPA(key): /əp.soɾˈbent/
- (Central) IPA(key): /əp.surˈben/
- (Valencian) IPA(key): /ap.soɾˈbent/
absorbent (masculine and feminine plural absorbents)
absorbent m (plural absorbents)
- (Classical) IPA(key): /abˈsor.bent/, [äpˈs̠ɔrbɛn̪t̪]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /apˈsor.bent/, [äpˈsɔrbɛn̪t̪]
From English absorbent, from Latin absorbēns (“swallowing, absorbing”), present active participle of absorbeō (“absorb”), from both ab- (“from, away from, off”), from ab (“from, away from, on, in”), from Proto-Italic *ab, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂epó (“off, away”), + and from sorbeō (“I suck in, drink up”), from Proto-Italic *sorβeō (“to suck in”), from Proto-Indo-European *srobʰéyeti (“to be sipping, sucking”), from *srebʰ- (“to sip, gulp, suck (in)”) and *-éyeti, from *-yeti (creates transitive imperfective verbs).
- an absorbent or absorber (something which absorbs)
- 1971, Teknisk Ukeblad:
- absorbenter eller reflektorer på vegger eller i tak
- absorbents or reflectors on walls or ceilings
- absorbator (“absorber, absorbent”)
- “absorbent” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- “absorbent” in Det Norske Akademis ordbok (NAOB).
- “absorbent” in Store norske leksikon
absorbent m inan
- (nouns) absorbancja, absorbat, absorber, absorpcja
- (adjective) absorpcyjny
- (verbs) absorbować, zaabsorbować
- absorbent in Polish dictionaries at PWN