Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

absorbent

[ab-sawr-buh nt, -zawr-]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. capable of absorbing heat, light, moisture, etc.; tending to absorb.
noun
  1. something that absorbs: Tons of high-powered absorbents were needed to clean up the oil spill.

Origin of absorbent

First recorded in 1710–20, absorbent is from the Latin word absorbent- (stem of absorbēns, present participle of absorbēre). See absorb, -ent
Related formsab·sorb·en·cy, nounnon·ab·sorb·en·cy, nounnon·ab·sorb·ent, adjective, nounpre·ab·sorb·ent, adjective, nounsem·i·ab·sorb·ent, adjectiveun·ab·sorb·ent, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for absorbent

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for absorbent

absorbent

adjective
  1. able to absorb
noun
  1. a substance that absorbs
Derived Formsabsorbency, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for absorbent

1718, adjective and noun, from Latin absorbentem (nominative absorbens), present participle of absorbere (see absorb).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

absorbent in Medicine

absorbent

(əb-zôrbənt)
adj.
  1. Capable of absorption; able to absorb.
Related formsab•sorbent n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.