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gather a substance on a surface: Charcoal will adsorb gasses.
Not to be confused with:
absorb – assimilate; consume; soak up: A sponge absorbs water.
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tr.v. ad·sorbed, ad·sorb·ing, ad·sorbs
To take up by adsorption.
[ad- + Latin sorbēre, to suck.]
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(Chemistry) to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which a substance, usually a gas, accumulates on the surface of a solid forming a thin film, often only one molecule thick: to adsorb hydrogen on nickel; oxygen adsorbs on tungsten. Compare absorb8
[C19: ad- + -sorb as in absorb]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
to hold (a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) on a surface in a condensed layer: Charcoal will adsorb gases.
ad•sorb′ent, adj., n.
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Past participle: adsorbed
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|Verb||1.||adsorb - accumulate (liquids or gases) on the surface|
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
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