Absorbency



capable of heat, light, moisture, etc.; tending to .
something that :
Tons of high-powered absorbents were needed to clean up the oil spill.
Contemporary Examples

Shemilt ensures the breathability and absorbency of the 95 percent bamboo fabric tops.
Huma Abedin Opens Up To Harper’s Bazaar; Rumors of a Barney’s New York – Jay Z Collaboration The Fashion Beast Team July 23, 2013

Historical Examples

But the amount of absorbency required is not so great as to preclude the use of size altogether.
Wood-Block Printing F. Morley Fletcher

adjective
able to absorb
noun
a substance that absorbs
n.

1762, noun of state from absorbent; see -cy.

1718, adjective and noun, from Latin absorbentem (nominative absorbens), present participle of absorbere (see absorb).

absorbent ab·sorb·ent (əb-sôr’bənt, -zôr’-)
adj.
Capable of absorption; able to absorb.
ab·sorb’ent n.

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