Noun Absorption Definition and Examples







The process by which one thing absorbs or is absorbed by another.
  1. 'shock absorption'
  2. 'And be sure to paint the inside of the planter to minimize water absorption into the wood.'
  3. 'Here status preservation came through absorption into the expanding state bureaucracy and army.'
  4. 'They solubilize dietary lipids facilitating their hydrolysis by lipases and their absorption into the bloodstream.'
  5. 'Its molded cushioning cradles my foot for maximum shock absorption.'
  6. 'In children the problems of poor vitamin and mineral absorption can cause stunted growth and dental problems if the condition is not recognised.'
  7. 'Eating dishes cooked with a variety of spices and herbs helps the process of digestion - absorption, assimilation and elimination.'
  8. 'People with high-arches tend to require greater shock absorption.'
  9. 'Essentially it is made of bones known as vertebrae with a disc for shock absorption between the vertebrae.'
  10. 'Nor is it merely that their absorption into domesticity makes functional sense in a commercial and industrial society.'
  11. 'Persecution and absorption into popular Christianity served to cut short many pagan religious practices.'
The state of being engrossed in something.
  1. 'While sneaking out of their rooms, he saw you walking down the hallway and in all your absorption in your books, you didn't flicker a glance at him.'
  2. 'Brenna abruptly looked up, her absorption with the piece broken.'
  3. 'Sometimes a museum capitalizes on our absorption with money.'
  4. 'To be sure, his later absorption in philosophy made him neglect his private affairs and he eventually fell to a level of comparative poverty.'
  5. 'His love for Sydney and his total absorption in the affairs of his adopted country never wavered.'
  6. 'It turns out that absorption in his work had left him no time for children, hobbies, or close friendships.'
  7. 'Wilder captures the childlike adoration of the father and absorption in the way the world works.'
  8. 'Even laziness, inattention and simple absorption in the mundane can gradually erode the capacities in which this property resides.'
  9. 'The sports talk station gives you a succession of men whose absorption in a fantasy world is, to me, borderline insane.'
  10. 'Using his absorption with the computer as my defense, I declined to plug in.'
((n.) 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.|--|(n.) An imbibing or reception by molecular or chemical action; as, the absorption of light, heat, electricity, etc.|--|(n.) In living organisms, the process by which the materials of growth and nutrition are absorbed and conveyed to the tissues and organs.|--|(n.) Entire engrossment or occupation of the mind; as, absorption in some employment.|--|)


1. the act of absorbing.

2. the state or process of being absorbed.

3. assimilation; incorporation: the absorption of small farms into one big one.

4. uptake of substances by a tissue, as of nutrients through the wall of the intestine.

5. a taking in or reception by molecular or chemical action, as of gases or liquids.

6. Physics. the removal of energy or particles from a beam by the medium through which the beam propagates.

7. complete attention or preoccupation; deep engrossment: absorption in one's work.


"There can be absorption spectra."
"There can be absorption bands."
"There can be absorption coefficients."
"There can be absorption costings."
"There can be absorption capacities."
"There can be absorption plans."
"There can be absorption spectroscopies."
"There can be absorption lines."
"There can be absorption tests."
"There can be absorption spectrophotometries."
"There can be absorption spectrophotometerses."
"There can be absorption spectrometries."
"There can be absorption techniques."
"There can be absorption profiles."
"There can be absorption processes."
"There can be absorption methods."
"There can be absorption edges."
"There can be absorption cross sections."
"There can be absorption agents."
"There can be absorption thresholds."

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘the swallowing up of something’): from Latin absorptio(n-), from absorbere ‘swallow up’ (see absorb).

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