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Definition of the adjective absorbing

What does absorbing mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more absorbing / most absorbing

  1. capable of arousing and holding the attention
    • examples: This book is so absorbing that I can't put it down. | Sound absorbing material is called acoustic material. | An absorbing tale of adventure. | Absorbing information on the internet is like drinking water from a fire hydrant.
    • synonyms of absorbing: engrossing / fascinating / gripping / riveting
    • similar: interesting

Alternative definition of the adjective absorbing


  1. See Engrossing.
  2. [mathematics, stochastic processes, of a state] allowing a process to enter it, but not to leave it.

Phrases with absorbing

  1. X-Ray Absorbing Glass
  2. heat-absorbing
  3. energy-absorbing

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Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Statistical Terms (2006)

by Yadolah Dodge

absorbing barrier Certain additive or random walk processes represent the motion of a particle in one or more dimensions; limitations may be imposed on the motion in the form of barriers at which ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Applied Physics (1922)

by Richard Glazebrook

are shown some typical transmission curves for various absorbing glasses. The degree to which it is necessary for the absorbing screen to have a spectral transmission independent of the wave - length depends on the monochromatism of the filter glass. It is evident that if the red filter glass is absolutely monochromatic any absorbing glass will be satisfactory. If it transmits ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry: Fundamentals (2001)

by Nicholas D. Spencer, John H. Moore

Schematic plot of a two-dimensional potential surface for D + H: restricted by an absorbing potential (shaded area). The absorbing potential \Vt(R. r) (shaded region) rises gently outward towards the edges of the grid. In practice, the grid needs to be extended only by ~0.5-1 A, or less for heavier mass systems. The absorbing potential imposes the correct boundary condition on the wavefunction in the inner region.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Medical Decision Making (2009)

by Michael W. Kattan

Absorbing Markov Models The patient scheduling example is known as a regular Markov chain. The probabilities are constant and depend only on the state of the process. Any state ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Optical Engineering: Abe-Las, pages 1-1024 (2003)

by Ronald G. Driggers

Because the diode temperature sensor, the support legs, the horizontal addressing line, and the vertical signal line have to be placed on the same level, only a small fraction of the area can be allocated to the freestanding effective IR- absorbing area if a single-level structure is employed. In order to overcome this problem, Ishikawa et al. Diode Temp. Sensor Support Leg IR Absorbing Structure (b) Support Leg Support Leg Reflector Buried Oxide Diode Temp. Sensor (a) Fig.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology (2012)

by Alan Hastings, Louis Gross

An absorbing state in a simple population model is the zero state, with the population extinct, assuming no immigration occurs. In a Markov chain with an absorbing state, properties of interest include how long it takes to be absorbed ( e.g., finding the distribution of time to extinction), and what the distribution of states are in the case that extinction has not yet occurred. Under very general circumstances, it is possible to determine both of these for a Markov chain, as well as to find the ...

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True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one's self, but the point is not only to get out, you must stay out and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand. (Henry James)
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Scrabble value of A1B3S1O1R1B3I1N1G2

The value of this 9-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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