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Definition of the noun absorbent

What does absorbent mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: absorbents

  1. a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another substance
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonym of absorbent: absorbent material
    • more generic terms: sorbent / sorbent material = a material that sorbs another substance
    • more specific terms:
      • sponge = a porous mass of interlacing fibers that forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used
      • absorber = material in a nuclear reactor that absorbs radiation
      • absorbent cotton = cotton made absorbent by removal of the natural wax

Alternative definition of the noun absorbent


  1. Anything which absorbs.
  2. [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.
  3. [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.

Definition of the adjective absorbent

What does absorbent mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.)

Alternative definition of the adjective absorbent


  1. absorbing liquids; swallowing; absorptive.

Phrases with absorbent

  1. absorbent cotton
  2. absorbent material
  3. shock-absorbent

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for absorbent

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Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica or a Dictionary of Arts and Sciences [...] (1771)

Next come the absorbent earths ; and, last of all, metallic substances. Hence it follows, that when a fixed alkali is united with aa acid, it cannot be separated therefrom by any other substance ; that a volatile alkali united with an acid cannot be ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Chemistry: on the basis of Mr. Nicholson's, etc (1835)

by Andrew URE

ABSORBENT. BRAZITE, ZEAGONITE, or GISMONDINE. A mineral which occurs in semi-globular masses, and in octahedral crystals with a square base. Colour greyishwhite, sometimes with a tinge of blue. Yields to the nail, but occasionally ...

Google previewChemical Tradename Dictionary (1997)

by Michael Ash, Irene Ash

Attapulgite clay; floor absorbent for oil, grease, water; antislip agent on floors; used by automotive, steel, transportation, commercial, pet, food and beverage, institutional, and amusements industries. Flor-CryL [Kromachem Ltd.] Acrylic ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Elder Care (2007)

The Comprehensive Resource on Geriatric and Social Care, Second Edition by Eugenia L. Siegler MD, FACP, Elizabeth Capezuti PhD, RN, FAAN, Mathy Mezey EdD, RN, FAAN

Caregivers should assist the incontinent person to choose the most suitable absorbent product and regularly review patient satisfaction. In addition to economic and ecologic considerations, the choice should be primarily based on ...

Google previewA dictionary of chemistry, mineralogy, and geology (1823)

in accordance with the present state of those sciences by James Mitchell

Absorbent. This is an epithet employed to express the property of hodies absorhing or withdrawing moisture, or gases, from the air. Tlns is not confined to the strong acids, to dried potass, or soda, to alkaline eartbs, as stron- tian or quicklime, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

absorbent. adj. Describing a material capable of taking up other substances by suction e.g. an absorbent paper point. absorption. n. The passage of one substance to another by penetration or solution. For example, the passage of liquids into ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

Only an absorbent. Bilis animalis. Gall or bile. Cathartic. Bistorla. Polygonum bistorta. Bistort. The roots. Powerfully astringent. An ingredient in a powder. Boli. Boles. Astringent and slightly absorbent. Ingredients in several powders.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Play in Today's Society (2009)

by Rodney P. Carlisle

A absorbent mind Developed by Maria Montessori, a theory that divides childhood into two phases. The first, known as the period of unconscious creation or unconscious absorbent mind occurs from birth to age 3 and involves the unconscious ...

Google previewHarty's Dental Dictionary (2007)

by Peter Heasman, Giles McCracken

absorbent Substance which attracts and takes up gases or liquids. absorbent point Seepaper point. absorption 1. Incorporation of a fluid, gas or other substance into the body of a material or tissue. 2. In radiology, the process ...

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Scrabble value of A1B3S1O1R1B3E1N1T1

The value of this 9-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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