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verb (used with object) Chemistry.
  1. to gather on a surface either by absorption, adsorption, or a combination of the two processes.

Origin of sorb2

1905–10; extracted from absorb and adsorb
Related formssorb·a·ble, adjectivesorb·a·bil·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sorbing

sorb

noun
  1. another name for service tree (def. 1)
  2. any of various related trees, esp the mountain ash
  3. Also called: sorb apple the fruit of any of these trees
Derived Formssorbic, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin sorbus the sorb, service tree

Sorb

noun
  1. a member of a Slavonic people living chiefly in the rural areas of E Germany between the upper reaches of the Oder and Elbe rivers (Lusatia)Also called: Wend, Lusatian
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Word Origin and History for sorbing

Sorb

n.

1843, from German Sorbe, from Slavic Serb, the national designation. Slavic people surviving in Lusatia, eastern Saxony, also known as Wends. Related: Sorbian (1836); earlier Sorabian (1788), from Medieval Latin Sorabi.

sorb

n.

"fruit of the service tree," 1520s, from French sorbe, from Latin sorbum "service-berry" (small, edible fruit of the European mountain ash), from sorbus, of uncertain origin.

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