Synonyms and related words:
absorb, assimilate, blot, blot up, chemisorb, chemosorb, digest, drink, drink in, drink up, engross, filter in, imbibe, infiltrate, osmose, percolate in, seep in, slurp up, soak in, soak up, sorb, sponge, swill up, take in, take up

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  • adsorb — ad*sorb v. t. to attract and bind (molecules of a substance in a fluid) so as to form a thin layer on the surface, by non electrostatic forces; to bind by adsorption. Distinguished from {absorb}, in which the foreign substance penetrates the body …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adsorb — (v.) 1882, transitive (intransitive use attested from 1919), back formation from adsorption (1882), coined in German from AD (Cf. ad ) + sorption, abstracted from absorption. See ABSORB (Cf. absorb). Related: Adsorbent; adsorption …   Etymology dictionary

  • adsorb — ► VERB ▪ (of a solid) hold (molecules of a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) in a layer on its surface. DERIVATIVES adsorbable adjective adsorption noun adsorptive adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • adsorb — [ad sôrb′, adzôrb′] vt. [< AD + L sorbere: see ABSORB] to collect (a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) in condensed form on a surface adsorbable adj …   English World dictionary

  • adsorb — UK [ædˈzɔː(r)b] / US [ædˈzɔrb] verb [transitive] Word forms adsorb : present tense I/you/we/they adsorb he/she/it adsorbs present participle adsorbing past tense adsorbed past participle adsorbed science if a solid substance adsorbs a liquid or… …   English dictionary

  • adsorb — adsorbable, adj. adsorbability, n. adsorbent, adj., n. adsorption /ad sawrp sheuhn, zawrp /, n. adsorptive, adj. adsorptively, adv. /ad sawrb , zawrb /, v.t. Physical Chem. to ga …   Universalium

  • adsorb — Describes what happens when a molecule from a fluid phase (gas or liquid) lands on the surface of a solid and stays, if only for a short while. Adsorb is different from absorb …   Petroleum refining glossary

  • adsorb — ad•sorb [[t]ædˈsɔrb, ˈzɔrb[/t]] v. t. chem. to hold (a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) on a surface in a condensed layer: Charcoal will adsorb gases[/ex] • Etymology: 1880–85; ad + (ab) sorb ad•sorb′a•ble, adj. ad•sorb a•bil′i•ty, n.… …   From formal English to slang

  • adsorb — verb Etymology: ad + absorb Date: 1868 transitive verb to take up and hold by adsorption intransitive verb to become adsorbed • adsorbable adjective • adsorber noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • adsorb — verb To accumulate on a surface, by adsorption See Also: absorb …   Wiktionary

  • adsorb — To take up by adsorption. [L. ad, to, + sorbeo, to suck in] * * * ad·sorb ad sȯ(ə)rb, zȯ(ə)rb vt to take up and hold by adsorption vi to become adsorbed ad·sorb·abil·i·ty .sȯr bə bil ət ē, .zȯr n, pl ties ad·sorb·able …   Medical dictionary

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