[ab-sawr-buh nt, -zawr-]
- something that absorbs: Tons of high-powered absorbents were needed to clean up the oil spill.
Origin of absorbent
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Examples from the Web for non-absorbent
Such fixtures must be constructed of non-absorbent materials.Elements of Plumbing
At the finish the form should be clean, smooth, glossy, and non-absorbent.Pottery, for Artists Craftsmen & Teachers
George J. Cox
The tubes are filled approximately one-third full, then plugged with non-absorbent cotton and sterilized.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology
Charles Bradfield Morrey
The table top should be of hard wood or some non-absorbent material, jointed in narrow strips in order to prevent warping.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management
Ministry of Education
This was non-absorbent, and naturally when treated in this way the wounds became frightfully repulsive.Under the Red Crescent
Charles S. Ryan
- able to absorb
- a substance that absorbs
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Word Origin and History for non-absorbent
1718, adjective and noun, from Latin absorbentem (nominative absorbens), present participle of absorbere (see absorb).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Capable of absorption; able to absorb.
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