HyperDic: absorption

English > 6 senses of the word absorption:
NOUNprocessabsorption, soaking up(chemistry) a process in which one substance permeates another
processabsorption(physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium
processabsorption, assimilationthe social process of absorbing one cultural / cultural group into harmony with another
processabsorption, assimilationthe process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion
cognitionabsorption, concentration, engrossment, immersioncomplete attention
cognitionabsorption, preoccupation, preoccupancy, engrossmentthe mental state of being preoccupied by something
absorption > pronunciation
Soundsahbsao'rpshahn; ahbzao'rpshahn
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > absorption: 6 senses > noun 1, process
Meaning(chemistry) a process in which one substance permeates another; a fluid permeates or is dissolved by a liquid or solid.
Synonymsoaking up
Categorychemistry, chemical scienceThe science of matter
Narrowerimbibition(chemistry) the absorption of a liquid / liquid by a solid or gel
BroadersorptionThe process in which one substance takes up or holds another (by either absorption or adsorption)
Spanishabsorción
Catalanabsorció
Verbsabsorbtake in, also metaphorically
absorbbecome imbued
English > absorption: 6 senses > noun 2, process
Meaning(physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium.
Example"the absorption of photons by atoms or molecules"
Categoryphysics, natural philosophyThe science of matter and energy and their interactions
Part ofextinctionThe reduction of the intensity of radiation as a consequence of absorption and radiation
Broadernatural process, natural action, action, activityA process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
Spanishabsorción
Catalanabsorció
Verbsabsorbsuck or take up or in
English > absorption: 6 senses > noun 3, process
MeaningThe social process of absorbing one cultural / cultural group into harmony with another.
Synonymassimilation
NarrowerAmericanization, Americanisationassimilation into American culture
Anglicization, AnglicisationThe act of anglicizing
Europeanization, Europeanisationassimilation into European culture
Westernization, Westernisationassimilation of Western culture
Broadersocial processA process involved in the formation of groups of persons
Spanishasimilación
Catalanassimilació
Verbsabsorbtake up mentally
English > absorption: 6 senses > noun 4, process
MeaningThe process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion.
Synonymassimilation
Narroweranabolism, constructive metabolismThe synthesis in living organisms of more complex substances (e.g., living tissue) from simpler ones together with the storage of energy
malabsorptionAbnormal absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract
Broaderorganic process, biological processA process occurring in living organisms
Spanishabsorción, asimilación
Catalanabsorció, assimilació
English > absorption: 6 senses > noun 5, cognition
Meaningcomplete attention; intense mental effort.
Synonymsconcentration, engrossment, immersion
Narrowerfocus, focusing, focussing, focal point, direction, centeringThe concentration of attention or energy on something
specialismThe concentration of your efforts on a particular field of study or occupation
studyA state of deep mental absorption
BroaderattentionThe faculty or power of mental concentration
Spanishconcentración
Catalanconcentració
Verbsabsorbdevote (oneself) fully to
English > absorption: 6 senses > noun 6, cognition
MeaningThe mental state of being preoccupied by something.
Synonymspreoccupation, preoccupancy, engrossment
Narrowerabsentmindednesspreoccupation so great that the ordinary demands on attention are ignored
abstractedness, abstractionpreoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else
Broadercognitive state, state of mindThe state of a person's cognitive processes
Spanishinquietud, intranquilidad, preocupación
Catalanamoïnament, capficament, inquietud, intranquil·litat, neguit, preocupació
Verbsabsorbconsume all of one's attention or time

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