Adjective "absorbent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a material) able to soak up liquid easily.
  1. 'In the mid-1860s, he succeeded in mixing it with an inert absorbent material.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'Layer very wet, sloppy materials (fruit wastes, etc.) with absorbent ingredients such as sawdust or shredded dry leaves.'
  4. 'Lining the jambs between the inner and outer window with a soft, absorbent material such as felt will result in even greater noise reduction.'
  5. 'Clothing should be light-colored and lightweight and limited to one layer of absorbent material to facilitate evaporation of sweat.'
  6. 'Hensen says absorbent fibres successfully soaked up the bulk of the oil that covered the dam like a sheet last week.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'Cloth diapers are made of an absorbent material, such as cotton.'
  9. 'Lay an absorbent cloth soaked in hydrogen peroxide directly over the stain; put an ammonia-saturated cloth on top of this.'
  10. 'If necessary, wipe your lens with a dry, lint-free absorbent cloth.'


A substance that soaks up liquid easily.
  1. 'He showed me large drums for storing vacuumed debris to be used in combination with huge bags of different absorbents.'
  2. 'At the priority date, the commonest absorbent was what is referred to as cellulosic fluff or fluff pulp.'
  3. 'Licata is currently concentrating on feather fiber's unusually high potential as an absorbent of heavy metals.'
  4. '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.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'When the absorbent gets full, the unit will indicate the fact, either by a color-change mechanism or a battery-operated light.'
  7. 'But now, we have the opportunity of utilizing an internal absorbent, not just for convenience during menstruation, but for having fun and making art.'
  8. 'Two poly-GaN UV sensors were set under a display window consisting of a thin methylmethacrylate plate without a UV absorbent.'
  9. '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.'
  10. '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.'


1. capable of absorbing heat, light, moisture, etc.; tending to absorb. noun

2. something that absorbs: Tons of high-powered absorbents were needed to clean up the oil spill.

More examples(as adjective)

"papers can be absorbent."

"polymers can be absorbent."

"wools can be absorbent."

"products can be absorbent."

"materials can be absorbent."

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