absorption /əbˈzɔːpʃ(ə)n, əbˈsɔːpʃ(ə)n/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. the process by which one thing absorbs or is absorbed by another

the country’s absorption into the Ottoman Empire
shock absorption.
2. the state of being engrossed in something

her absorption in the problems of the Third World.
II. derivatives

1. absorptive /əbˈzɔːptɪv, əbˈsɔːptɪv /

2. absorptivity

– origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘the swallowing up of something’): from Latin absorptio(n-), from absorbere ‘swallow up’ (see absorb).

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