absorbent absorbent  /əb ˈzɔr bənt/


  1. (n) a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another substance
  2. (adj) having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.)



  1. The simplest device of all consists only of a beer can filled with absorbent material and a clothespin to clamp on the nose.
  2. If history's most absorbent author needed high legal drama, he had only to versify the royal squabbles in Holinshed's Chronicles.
  3. In Louisiana, the Mississippi River has been lashed into tenuous submission, its absorbent delta constricted and carved into channels for oil pipelines and navigation routes.


  1. Tampon Applicator Invented So We Wouldn’t Enjoy Tampons Too Much

    Finally, something we care about makes The New York Times Magazine's annual innovation issue: tampons. The tampon as we know it wasn't invented until the thirties, when John Williamson scandalized his father by stuffing a condom full of the super-absorbent World War I bandages their employer, the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, manufactured ... More »
    on June 11, 2013     Source: New York Magazine

  2. Oil-Dri's Retail and Wholesale Products Group Announces Price Increase for Clay Floor Absorbents

    Oil-Dri Corporation of America announced today that it is implementing a 6% price increase for clay floor absorbent products to its janitorial supply customer base effective August 1, 2013. The price increase ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Cars Collide on Route 4: Woman in Critical Condition After Two-Car Collision in Quechee

    Above, Vermont Agency of Transportation worker Henry Marcy cleans up debris and absorbent material for the auto fluids from a two car accident on Route 4 in Quechee yesterday morning.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Valley News


  1. "For the first time a group was able to overcome the enormous technical hurdles in creating a super-absorbent polymer made entirely out of food," said Dr. Robert Langer, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and world...
    on Apr 22, 2010 By: Robert S Langer Source: PR Newswire (press release)

  2. "Drought has dried bushes and plants which naturally resist the flow of water to some extent. It has also hardened the land and made it less absorbent," Abdul Matin Edrak, the director of ANDMA, told IRIN in Kabul on 6 August.
    on Aug 7, 2008 By: Abdul Matin Source: ReliefWeb (press release)

  3. "Laughing brains are more absorbent," Brown explained. "You can teach people who are laughing and enjoying themselves and not drooling at their desk. If they laugh, they learn more."
    on Aug 30, 2009 By: Alton Brown Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Word of the Day
engender engender
/ɛn ˈdʒɛn dər /