absorption: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ab-sôrp'shun, -zôrp'-), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of absorbing.
  2. the state or process of being absorbed.
  3. assimilation; incorporation: the absorption of small farms into one big one.
  4. uptake of substances by a tissue, as of nutrients through the wall of the intestine.
  5. a taking in or reception by molecular or chemical action, as of gases or liquids.
  6. the removal of energy or particles from a beam by the medium through which the beam propagates.
  7. complete attention or preoccupation; deep engrossment: absorption in one's work.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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