Complete Definition of "absorbent"

English

Pronunciation
IPA|/əbs"ɔː(r)bənt/
w:SAMPA|SAMPA: IPAchar|/@bs'O:(r)[email protected]/
audio|en-us-absorbent.ogg|Audio (US)

Etymology
Latin absorbens, past preterite of absorbere.

Adjective
en-adj

  1. Absorbing; swallowing; absorptive.

#:Those paper towels were amazingly absorbent. That was quite a spill.

Derived terms
absorbent ground context|painting a ground prepared for a picture, chiefly with distemper, or water colors, by which the oil is absorbed, and a brilliancy is imparted to the colors.

Translations
trans-top|absorbing
Dutch: absorberend, wateropnemend
Finnish: imukykyinen
French: absorbant
German: saugfähig
Interlingua: absorbente
Italian: assorbente
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Latin: absorbens
Portuguese: absorvente
Russian: абсорбирующий (absorbirújuščij), гигроскопичный (gigroskopíčnyj)
Spanish: absorbente
Volapük: nüsugik
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Noun
en-noun

  1. Anything which absorbs.

#*The ocean, itself a bad absorbent of heat. — w:Charles_Darwin|Charles Darwin

  1. context|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.
  2. context|physiology|pluralized The vessels by which the processes of absorption are carried on, as the lymphatics in animals, the extremities of the roots in plants.

Translations
French: absorbant m
Interlingua: absorbente (1)
Portuguese: absorvente m (1)
Russian: абсорбент (absorbént) m
Spanish: absorbente m

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