English Online Dictionary. What means absorption? What does absorption mean?
First attested in 1597. From Latin absorptiō (“a sucking in”), from absorbeō (“absorb”). Morphologically absorb + -tion.
- (UK) IPA(key): /əbˈzɔːp.ʃn̩/, /əbˈsɔːp.ʃn̩/
- (US) IPA(key): /æbˈsɔɹp.ʃn̩/, /æbˈzɔɹp.ʃn̩/, /əbˈzɔɹp.ʃn̩/, /əbˈsɔɹp.ʃn̩/
- Hyphenation: ab‧sorp‧tion
absorption (countable and uncountable, plural absorptions)
- The act or process of absorbing or of being absorbed as,
- (obsolete) engulfing; swallowing up, as of bodies or land. [Attested from the late 16th century until the mid 18th century.]
- assimilation; incorporation. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- (chemistry, physics) the imbibing or reception by molecular or chemical action, of radiant energy; the process of being neutrons being absorbed by the nucleus; interception. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- (meteorology) The process in which incident radiant energy is retained by a substance (such as an air mass) by conversion to some other form of energy (such as heat).
- (physiology) in living organisms, the process by which the materials of growth and nutrition are absorbed and conveyed to the tissues and organs; taking in by various means, such as by osmosis. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- Entire engrossment or occupation of the mind. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
- Mental assimilation. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- (electrical engineering) The retaining of electrical energy for a short time after it has been introduced to the dielectric.
- “absorption”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “absorption”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- probations, saprobiont
- genitive singular of absorptio
- IPA(key): /ap.sɔʁp.sjɔ̃/
absorption f (plural absorptions)
- absorption, swallowing, taking
- “absorption”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
Derived from Latin absorptiō (“a sucking in”).
- absorption in Svenska Akademiens ordlista (SAOL)
- absorption in Svensk ordbok (SO)