something that absorbs: Tons of high-powered absorbents were needed to clean up the oil spill.
- ab·sorb·en·cy, noun
- non·ab·sorb·en·cy, noun
- non·ab·sorb·ent, adjective, noun
- pre·ab·sorb·ent, adjective, noun
- sem·i·ab·sorb·ent, adjective
- un·ab·sorb·ent, adjective
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How to use absorbent in a sentence
It’s now possible to skin uphill with simple ball-and-socket “tech” bindings and then descend with shock-absorbent alpine bindings, without changing skis.
That relative puffiness makes them extremely absorbent—ideal for wiping up spills and other messes.Rid any surface of spots and grime with the best microfiber cleaning cloths | Savannah Sher | October 4, 2021 | Popular-Science
If carpeting, carpet mats, fabric seats, or other types of absorbent materials are soaked in flood water before they were rescued, there are likely all sorts of organisms growing inside the cloth and foam.Don’t get hosed by hidden water damage when buying a used car | Tony Markovich/The Drive | September 7, 2021 | Popular-Science
Replacing insulation with less absorbent materials may avert the need for major renovations.Tennessee floods show a pressing climate danger across America: ‘Walls of water’ | Sarah Kaplan | August 24, 2021 | Washington Post
Use them for some calligraphic details, floritures, or even for tracing—though you might want to stick to absorbent fiber papers for that.Must-have art supplies to let your inner creative shine | Sandra Gutierrez G. | February 11, 2021 | Popular-Science
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 | Adam Hochschild | June 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Remove from oil and let cool on absorbent towels to remove excess grease and reserve.
Can they forget the absorbent powers of carpet tissues, and the horrors of next morning to non-smokers, perhaps to ladies?Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
It is a useful absorbent of liquid manure, and may be advantageously added to the dung-heap for that purpose.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry | Thomas Anderson
They heard that one country was in special need of stretchers, a second absorbent cotton, a third hospital gauze.Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
Such fixtures must be constructed of non-absorbent materials.Elements of Plumbing | Samuel Dibble
Such a solution is an absorbent of carbon monoxide; it also absorbs ethylene and acetylene.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection | Alexander Wynter Blyth
British Dictionary definitions for absorbent
able to absorb
a substance that absorbs
- absorbency, noun
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