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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of absorbing: absorbent cotton.
  • n. A substance that is capable of absorbing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any substance which absorbs and neutralizes acid fluid in the stomach and bowels, as magnesia, chalk, etc.; also a substance, e.g., iodine, which acts on the absorbent vessels so as to reduce enlarged and indurated parts.
  • n. A liquid used in the process of separating gases or volatile liquids, in oil refining.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Absorbing; swallowing; absorptive.
  • n. Anything which absorbs.
  • n. Any substance which absorbs and neutralizes acid fluid in the stomach and bowels, as magnesia, chalk, etc.; also a substance e. g., iodine) which acts on the absorbent vessels so as to reduce enlarged and indurated parts.
  • n. The vessels by which the processes of absorption are carried on, as the lymphatics in animals, the extremities of the roots in plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Absorbing or capable of absorbing; imbibing; swallowing; performing the function of absorption: as, absorbent vessels; the absorbent system.
  • n. Anything which absorbs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.)
  • n. a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another substance

Etymologies

From Latin absorbēns, present active participle of absorbeō ("absorb"). (Wiktionary)

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