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- (UK) IPA(key): /əbˈzɔːp.ʃn̩/, /əbˈsɔːp.ʃn̩/
- (US) IPA(key): /æbˈsɔɹp.ʃn̩/, /æbˈzɔɹp.ʃn̩/, /əbˈzɔɹp.ʃn̩/, /əbˈsɔɹp.ʃn̩/
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- Hyphenation: ab‧sorp‧tion
absorption (plural absorptions)
- The act or process of absorbing or of being absorbed as,
- (obsolete) engulfing; swallowing up, as of bodies or land. [Attested from the late 16th century until the mid 18th century.]
- assimilate; incorporation. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- the absorption of a smaller tribe into a larger
- the absorption of bodies in a whirlpool
- (chemistry, physics) the imbibing or reception by molecular or chemical action, of radiant energy; the process of being neutrons being absorbed by the nucleus; interception. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- the absorption of light, heat, electricity, etc.
- (physiology) in living organisms, the process by which the materials of growth and nutrition are absorbed and conveyed to the tissues and organs; taking in by various means, such as by osmosis. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- Entire engrossment or occupation of the mind. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
- absorption in some employment
- Mental assimilation. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- (electrical engineering) The retaining of electrical energy for a short time after it has been introduced to the dielectric.
- (Should we delete(+) this sense?) The taking on of by a shipping company of special charges by another without price increase.
- (Should we delete(+) this sense?) The natural lessening of radio waves due to atmospheric interference.
act or process of absorbing or sucking in anything
act or process of being absorbed and made to disappear
chemistry, physics: imbibing or reception by molecular or chemical action
physiology: process by which the materials of growth and nutrition are absorbed
entire occupation of the mind
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Translations to be checked
- Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 9
- “absorption”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911
- absorption in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- Genitive singular form of absorptio.
absorption f (plural absorptions)