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
AGM batteries are sealed and soak up their electrolyte in absorbent material rather than containing it in liquid-filled chambers.
Made without plastic, chlorine, latex or perfume, another mantra for new moms, these diaper hybrids consist of cute, colorable and washable outer pants with a snap - in absorbent liner with an inner pad that can be flushed or composted away; they are available online at Amazon, Target and Walmart and various baby sites as well as in baby stores like Babies R Us and eco - friendly retailers such as Whole Foods.
From the time your child is an infant until he is about 3, he has what Maria Montessori called an absorbent mind.
On a sensory level, though, it sounds like bamboo towels are soft and absorbent, which is just what I want towels to be.
This is what makes the natural fibers more absorbent, which is, as we shall see, a prime factor in their superior comfort under many circumstances.
Simultaneous regeneration and loading of the absorbent is a special case.
Another series of glandular vessels is called the absorbent system; these open their mouths into all the cavities, and upon all those surfaces of the body, where the excretory apertures of the other glands pour out their fluids.
In the New Orleans episode, for instance, Forster uses Google Earth graphics to illlustrate new ideas for keeping the city safe from flooding, such as absorbent concrete and an offshore "Great Wall of Louisiana."
The honor of Naapu was nothing to me; and by dint of almost embracing him, I made myself a kind of absorbent for his worst breaks.
In situation of damages involving aggressive liquids like acids and bases, it is best to use hazmat kind of absorbent product (generally yellow or green in color).