Definition for engrossing (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
Origin of engross
Examples from the Web for engrossing
You really were ahead of your time with Twin Peaks—this gritty, engrossing serial TV drama.David Lynch on Transcendental Meditation, ‘Twin Peaks,’ and Collaborating With Kanye West|Marlow Stern|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The high heel is revolutionary, and evolutionary, as an engrossing Brooklyn Museum show reveals.
The show provides an engrossing portrait of those designers and visionaries that made the high heel a symbol of status and sex.
The Netflix prison dramedy, with its binge-baiting release strategy, is engrossing in every sense of word.Inside Orange Is the New Black’s Terrifying Showdown Between Red and Vee|Kevin Fallon|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is a human drama quite as engrossing as the story of the grand strategic deception upon which it hangs.Garbo the Spy: Documentary on the Double Agent Who Helped Defeat Hitler|Andrew Roberts|November 27, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The question was put for engrossing the bill for a third reading, and carried, there being fifty votes in favor of it.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
By way of compensation, the one engrossing subject of conversation in the neighborhood was the dinner given at Goldfish Villa.Paul and His Dog, v.2 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIV)|Charles Paul de Kock
For the next week the camera was the one engrossing thought.About Peggy Saville|Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
With a pail of sand, a broken lead-pencil and several bits of twig, the baby had concocted an engrossing game.Missy|Dana Gatlin
The details of leaving the office so hastily had been too engrossing for thought of Alan and Babs.Beyond the Vanishing Point|Raymond King Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for engrossing (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for engrossing (2 of 2)
Word Origin for engross
Word Origin and History for engrossing
c.1400, "to buy up the whole stock of" (in Anglo-French from c.1300), from Old French en gros "in bulk, in a large quantity, at wholesale," as opposed to en detail. See gross.
Figurative sense of "absorb the whole attention" is first attested 1709. A parallel engross, meaning "to write (something) in large letters," is from Anglo-French engrosser, from Old French en gros "in large (letters)." Related: Engrossed; engrossing.