- The action or process of absorbing or being absorbed.
- The ability of a substance to take in another substance or another substance to be taken in.
- The state of being absorbed or having absorbed something.
- The assimilation of a minority group by a dominant culture or society.
Late middle english (in the sense "action of absorbing"): from latin absorbere, from ab- "away" + sorbere "suck in".
- The absorption of water into the soil was slow because of the drought.
- The absorption of light by the material was measured by the spectrophotometer.
- His attention was so focused that he was in a state of complete absorption.
- The absorption of immigrants into American society was slow and difficult.
- The absorption of the small country into the larger empire was completed in just a few months.