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 (əb-zôrb′, -sôrb′)
tr.v. ab·sorbed, ab·sorb·ing, ab·sorbs
1. To take (something) in through or as through pores or interstices.
a. To occupy the attention, interest, or time of; engross: The problem completely absorbed her. See Synonyms at engross.
b. To take up or occupy (one's time or interest, for example).
3. To retain (radiation or sound, for example) wholly, without reflection or transmission.
4. To take in; assimilate: immigrants who were absorbed into the social mainstream.
5. To learn; acquire: "Matisse absorbed the lesson and added to it a new language of color" (Peter Plagen).
6. To receive (an impulse) without echo or recoil: a fabric that absorbs sound; a bumper that absorbs impact.
7. To assume or pay for (a cost or costs).
8. To endure; accommodate: couldn't absorb the additional hardships.
9. To use up; consume: The project has absorbed all of our department's resources.

[Middle English, to swallow up, from Old French absorber, from Latin absorbēre : ab-, away; see ab-1 + sorbēre, to suck.]

ab·sorb′a·bil′i·ty n.
ab·sorb′a·ble adj.
ab·sorb′ed·ly adv.
ab·sorb′er n.
ab·sorb′ing·ly adv.


(əbˈsɔːbə; -ˈzɔː-)
1. a person or thing that absorbs
2. (General Physics) physics a material that absorbs radiation or causes it to lose energy
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.absorber - (physics) material in a nuclear reactor that absorbs radiation
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
absorbent, absorbent material - a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another substance
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A cylindrical absorber I whose dimensions approximately equal to the pistil was added on the symmetry axis and a plate absorber E was added under the outlet in order to observe light gathering situation.
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UAE-based Masdar Institute, a research-driven university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, has developed a high-performance solar absorber that could make solar thermal technologies significantly more efficient and affordable in the country.