Definition of absorbent in English:



  • (of a material) able to soak up liquid easily.

    ‘drain on absorbent paper towels’
    • ‘Lining the jambs between the inner and outer window with a soft, absorbent material such as felt will result in even greater noise reduction.’
    • ‘Hensen says absorbent fibres successfully soaked up the bulk of the oil that covered the dam like a sheet last week.’
    • ‘The bottom of the cage was covered with absorbent paper; this paper was soaked with distilled water three times per week.’
    • ‘Green campaigners say home laundered cloth nappies save parents money and they are made mostly from natural fabrics while disposable nappies are made of paper pulp, absorbent chemicals and plastic.’
    • ‘He took out the bacon from the skillet and placed it on three sheets of absorbent paper towel.’
    • ‘If necessary, wipe your lens with a dry, lint-free absorbent cloth.’
    • ‘Clothing should be light-colored and lightweight and limited to one layer of absorbent material to facilitate evaporation of sweat.’
    • ‘Cloth diapers are made of an absorbent material, such as cotton.’
    • ‘This is the style of germination test best suited to the home garden, since all you need is a paper towel (or similarly absorbent paper product) and a zip-lock bag.’
    • ‘Blot excess oils with an absorbent paper towel or terry cloth rags.’
    • ‘For successful printing, you need paint of the right consistency (not too thick, not too thin), absorbent paper and plenty of newspaper to cover your floors!’
    • ‘After doing several areas, dry off excess moisture with soft absorbent cloths or towels, which can be laundered and reused.’
    • ‘Lay an absorbent cloth soaked in hydrogen peroxide directly over the stain; put an ammonia-saturated cloth on top of this.’
    • ‘The first material is acrylate, a highly absorbent material that gels with exudate fluid and is capable of absorbing up to 300 times its own weight.’
    • ‘Before laying your liner, compact the soil and cover it with a layer of sand or an absorbent material such as old carpeting or newspaper.’
    • ‘In the mid-1860s, he succeeded in mixing it with an inert absorbent material.’
    • ‘In a bag of platelets or plasma, the psoralens break down after a day, and an absorbent resin wafer in the bag removes the byproducts.’
    • ‘Layer very wet, sloppy materials (fruit wastes, etc.) with absorbent ingredients such as sawdust or shredded dry leaves.’
    • ‘Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and protective suits laid sheets of absorbent material on the slick to soak up the chemicals.’
    • ‘Some furnishings are made of absorbent materials that make them ‘sinks’ for other pollutants.’
    porous, spongy, sponge-like, permeable, pervious, absorptive, penetrable, assimilative, receptive, soaking, blotting
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  • A substance or item that soaks up liquid easily.

    • ‘But now, we have the opportunity of utilizing an internal absorbent, not just for convenience during menstruation, but for having fun and making art.’
    • ‘The absorbent article includes a liquid permeable cover, a liquid-impermeable baffle and an absorbent enclosed by the cover and the baffle to form a pad.’
    • ‘Oxygen can be added to the atmosphere and carbon dioxide removed using a chemical absorbent.’
    • ‘The current larval diet is prepared from spray-dried bovine blood, milk substitute, spray-dried egg, and water mixed with a gelling agent that acts as an absorbent to solidify the diet.’
    • ‘At the priority date, the commonest absorbent was what is referred to as cellulosic fluff or fluff pulp.’
    • ‘Two poly-GaN UV sensors were set under a display window consisting of a thin methylmethacrylate plate without a UV absorbent.’
    • ‘To further combat dust, we don't use absorbents like Speedy Dry or kitty litter - only absorbent pads.’
    • ‘This drying technique involves the use of an absorbent which desiccates the rose by transferring the moisture from the petals to another medium.’
    • ‘They ran sun-protection-factor tests to compare SoyScreen to four commercial UV absorbents: oxybenzone, dioxybenzone, octyl methoxycinnamate, and padimate-O.’
    • ‘Licata is currently concentrating on feather fiber's unusually high potential as an absorbent of heavy metals.’
    • ‘In addition, mine complexes should have sturdy, airtight, strategically placed rooms stocked with oxygen, food, water, and carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide absorbents, Grayson says.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the absorbent gets full, the unit will indicate the fact, either by a color-change mechanism or a battery-operated light.’
    • ‘A relative of okra and cotton that towers 12 to 15 feet, kenaf is grown primarily as a fiber source for low-grade paper, particleboard, and oil absorbents.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘I don't know the technical term, but it is kitty litter and acts as an absorbent for your skin's oils.’
    • ‘The second is as an industrial absorbent of heavy metals in soil and water.’
    • ‘He showed me large drums for storing vacuumed debris to be used in combination with huge bags of different absorbents.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kenaf, an annual herbaceous plant, indigenous to West Africa, apart from use in production of pulp and paper products, has proved very effective as an oil absorbent in cleaning oil spills.’


Early 18th century: from Latin absorbent- ‘swallowing up’, from the verb absorbere (see absorb).