Absorbent



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

Remove from oil and let cool on absorbent towels to remove excess grease and reserve.
Celeb Chefs’ Favorite BBQ Recipes Jacquelynn D. Powers June 30, 2011

There is a smell of death about him now; no hospital deodorants or rubber gloves or absorbent pads can take it away.
Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father Adam Hochschild June 13, 2014

Historical Examples

As she spoke Mrs. Harold took a bit of absorbent cotton, soaked it in rose water and bathed the lovely soft, brown eyes.
Peggy Stewart at School Gabrielle E. Jackson

Its absorbent properties, however, are probably not so great.
Manures and the principles of manuring Charles Morton Aikman

He should proceed promptly to boil some pieces of absorbent cotton, as large as an egg, together with a nail brush in water.
The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI) Various

This class of absorbent medicines are said to decrease irritability.
Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin

Where oil is the absorbent, the wired frames are used in connection with cloths.
Scientific American Supplement, No. 643, April 28, 1888 Various

Paul’s genius was absorbent, fructiferous, prolific of golden dreams.
The Orchard of Tears Sax Rohmer

His voice rebounded from the remaining bulkhead, but was noticeably swallowed up in the absorbent blackness.
Breaking Point James E. Gunn

Drain on absorbent paper and dust with powdered sugar, if you wish.
Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking Unknown

adjective
able to absorb
noun
a substance that absorbs

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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