Absorption | Definition of Absorption by Merriam-Webster

absorption

noun
ab·​sorp·​tion | \ əb-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce absorption (audio) , -ˈzȯrp- \

Definition of absorption

1a : the process of absorbing something or of being absorbed absorption of water — compare adsorption
b : interception of radiant energy or sound waves
2 : entire occupation of the mind his absorption in his work

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Other Words from absorption

absorptive \ əb-​ˈsȯrp-​tiv How to pronounce absorptive (audio) , -​ˈzȯrp-​ \ adjective

Examples of absorption in a Sentence

forgot to return the phone call due to his absorption in setting up the new computer system
Recent Examples on the Web That’s because of its relatively short wavelength, which escapes absorption by water, which gobbles up longer wavelengths like those that appear in red. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Dolphins, Surfers and Waves Sparkle in Bright Blue Bioluminescent Glow Off California Coast," 28 Apr. 2020 Curiously, the team found that there was less absorption and scattering of blue light in the atmosphere. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Hot Jupiter Has a Bright Yellow Sky, and Scientists Don't Know Why," 5 May 2020 Net absorption in the U.S., a measure of how much office space is leased, plunged to 2 million square feet during the first quarter from 9.5 million square feet a year earlier, according to Newmark Knight Frank. Natalie Wong, Bloomberg.com, "Google’s Real Estate Pause Shows Cracks in Tech Office Demand," 28 Apr. 2020 Iger, who steered the company's absorption of Star Wars, Marvel and Fox's entertainment businesses and the launch of a Netflix challenger, stepped down from his CEO role in February. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Disney furloughs 43,000 workers while parks are closed for coronavirus," 13 Apr. 2020 The fiber present in the pear (and missing from the candy) can have several positive health effects, like regulating digestion, increasing feelings of satiety, and slowing the breakdown and absorption of sugar into your bloodstream. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Can Our Bodies Even Tell the Difference Between Naturally Occurring and Added Sugars?," 24 June 2019 This product, however, is refreshingly oil-based, which would promote true absorption of CBD into the body. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Health Issues CBD Could Solve," 17 Apr. 2019 Analysts say absorption of new units remains strong right now, despite the falloff in permitting. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Apartment Developers Are Slowing Construction. That Could Mean Higher Rents.," 13 Nov. 2018 What conservatism seeks to accomplish through that reconfiguration of the old and absorption of the new is to make privilege popular, to transform a tottering old regime into a dynamic, ideologically coherent movement of the masses. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The rise of YouTube’s reactionary right," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of absorption

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for absorption

borrowed from French & Late Latin; French, borrowed from Late Latin absorptiōn-, absorptiō, from absorbēre "to absorb" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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The first known use of absorption was in 1597

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Absorption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorption. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for absorption

absorption

noun
ab·​sorp·​tion | \ əb-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce absorption (audio) , -ˈzȯrp- \

Kids Definition of absorption

1 : the process of drawing in or soaking up : absorbing or being absorbed the absorption of water by soil
2 : complete attention

absorption

noun
ab·​sorp·​tion | \ əb-ˈsȯrp-shən, -ˈzȯrp- How to pronounce absorption (audio) \

Medical Definition of absorption

1 : the process of absorbing or of being absorbed absorption of nourishment in the small intestine — compare adsorption
2 : interception of radiant energy or sound waves

absorption

noun
ab·​sorp·​tion

Legal Definition of absorption

: the application to the states of rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution while Powell [v. Alabama] was sometimes described as having absorbed the right to counsel, the Court there clearly limited any such absorption— W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel

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