Part of speech: adjective

Absorbing, or tending to absorb.

Part of speech: noun

Something that absorbs.

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Usage examples "absorbent":

  1. I.- Its absorbent power for liquid water is well known to every farmer who has thrown it up in a pile to season for use. - "Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel", Samuel William Johnson.
  2. The probability is, that the animal charcoal, when instantaneously applied, may be sufficiently porous and absorbent to extract the venom from the recent wound, together with a portion of the blood, before it has had time to be carried into the system; and that the blood which Mr. Faraday detected in the specimen submitted to him was that of the Indian on whose person the effect was exhibited on the occasion to which my informant was an eye- witness. - "Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon", J. Emerson Tennent.
  3. When this thick manner of painting is adopted, an absorbent canvas should always be used. - "The Practice and Science Of Drawing", Harold Speed.