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Meaning of absorbent

ab•sorb•ent

Pronunciation: (ab-sôr'bunt, -zôr'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. capable of absorbing heat, light, moisture, etc.; tending to absorb.
—n.
  1. something that absorbs: Tons of high-powered absorbents were needed to clean up the oil spill.
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