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Meaning of ABSORBENT

Pronunciation:  ab'sorbunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another substance
  2. [adj]  having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up (liquids); "as absorbent as a sponge"

ABSORBENT is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: absorbefacient, absorbent material, absorptive, assimilating, assimilative, assimilatory, hygroscopic, sorbefacient, spongelike, spongy, thirsty
 Antonyms: nonabsorbent, nonabsorptive
 See Also: absorbent cotton, absorber, sorbent, sorbent material, sponge



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ab*sorb"ent\, a. [L. absorbens, p. pr. of absorbere.]
    Absorbing; swallowing; absorptive.
    {Absorbent ground} (Paint.), 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.
  2. \Ab*sorb"ent\, n.
    1. Anything which absorbs.
             The ocean, itself a bad absorbent of heat. --Darwin.
    2. (Med.) 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
    3. pl. (Physiol.) The vessels by which the processes of
       absorption are carried on, as the lymphatics in animals,
       the extremities of the roots in plants.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: absorbency, absorption, adsorbent, adsorption, assimilation, blotter, blotting, blotting paper, chemisorption, chemosorption, digestion, endosmosis, engrossment, exosmosis, infiltration, osmosis, percolation, seepage, sorption, sponge, sponging