[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 absorbent
There is a smell of death about him now; no hospital deodorants or rubber gloves or absorbent pads can take it away.Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father
June 14, 2014
Remove from oil and let cool on absorbent towels to remove excess grease and reserve.Celeb Chefs’ Favorite BBQ Recipes
Jacquelynn D. Powers
July 1, 2011
I daresay the projection in Abronia and Mirabilis may be an absorbent organ.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
The toe should be covered with absorbent cotton and a bandage.
Its absorbent properties, however, are probably not so great.Manures and the principles of manuring
Charles Morton Aikman
By their stimulus, which induces the absorbent vessels to imbibe them.
This class of absorbent medicines are said to decrease irritability.
- able to absorb
- a substance that absorbs
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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
- Capable of absorption; able to absorb.
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