1. [ noun ] (chemistry) a process in which one substance permeates another; a fluid permeates or is dissolved by a liquid or solid
Synonyms: soaking_up
Related terms: sorption imbibition chemistry
2. [ noun ] (physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium

"the absorption of photons by atoms or molecules"

Related terms: natural_process extinction physics
3. [ noun ] (biology,medicine) the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion
Synonyms: assimilation
Related terms: organic_process malabsorption assimilate
4. [ noun ] the mental state of being preoccupied by something
Synonyms: preoccupation engrossment preoccupancy
Related terms: cognitive_state abstractedness absentmindedness steep preoccupy
5. [ noun ] complete attention; intense mental effort
Synonyms: concentration immersion engrossment
Related terms: attention study focus specialism absorb concentrate steep
6. [ noun ] (sociology) the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another
Synonyms: assimilation
Related terms: group_action social_process Europeanization westernization Americanization absorb
Similar spelling:   absorptive