1. (chemistry) a process in which one substance permeates another; a fluid permeates or is dissolved by a liquid or solid

Definition categories: process, sorption

2. (physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium

- the absorption of photons by atoms or molecules

Definition categories: process, action, activity

3. the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another

Similar word(s): assimilation

Definition categories: process

4. the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion

Similar word(s): assimilation

Definition categories: process

5. complete attention; intense mental effort

Similar word(s): concentration, engrossment, immersion

Definition categories: thought, attention

6. the mental state of being preoccupied by something

Similar word(s): engrossment, preoccupancy, preoccupation

Definition categories: thought

Sentences with absorption as a noun:

- the absorption of a smaller tribe into a larger

- the absorption of bodies in a whirlpool

- the absorption of light, heat, electricity, etc.

- absorption in some employment