Definition of absorbent in English:

absorbent

Line breaks: ab¦sorb|ent
Pronunciation: /əbˈzɔːb(ə)nt
 
, -ˈsɔːb-/

adjective

noun

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  • A substance that soaks up liquid easily.
    More example sentences
    • There was a bit of a leak from the tanker so we put absorbents down to soak up the spillage, of about half a litre, and put a barrier up around the vehicle.
    • The shola trees, which were natural absorbents, were a fount of natural water sources, says gourmet cheese-maker K. Balakrishnan, who has seen Kodai in its days of pristine beauty.’
    • Some articles, however, offer scientific sounding classifications of stain removers into absorbents, bleaches, detergents, solvents, soaps, and enzymes or classifications of stains into absorbed, built-up, or compound.

Derivatives

absorbency

noun
More example sentences
  • The reason a bleaching process is used is to increase absorbency of rayon, a common component of tampons (note: tampons are not sterile).
  • It also has a very high moisture absorbency (12% of its own weight), which means that your perspiration is evaporated quickly through it, leaving you more comfortable on hot days.
  • The new materials allow medical-device manufacturers to incorporate specific properties such as hardness, water permeability, and UV-light absorbency.

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