from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take up by adsorption.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To accumulate on a surface, by adsorption
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to attract and bind (molecules of a substance in a fluid) so as to form a thin layer on the surface, by non-electrostatic forces; to bind by adsorption. Distinguished from
absorb, in which the foreign substance penetrates the body of the absorbing material.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To gather (a gas or liquid) on the surface in a condensed layer. Thus solids, such as glass, gather gases and liquids with which they are in contact.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. accumulate (liquids or gases) on the surface
ad- + Latin sorbēre, to suck.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from Latin ad- ("to"), + sorbere ("suck in"). (Wiktionary)