a device for measuring the torque or power of an engine in a process in which the energy supplied to the device by the engine is absorbed.
- Absorption hygrometer
a hygrometer that uses a hygroscopic chemical to absorb atmospheric moisture.
- Absorption nebula
. a cloud of interstellar gas and dust that absorbs and thus obscures the light from stars behind it, appearing as a dark patch in front of a bright nebula or in an otherwise bright area of sky. noun a type of nebula that is observed by its blocking of radiation from other sources See […]
- Absorption spectrum
the spectrum formed by electromagnetic radiation that has passed through a medium in which radiation of certain frequencies is absorbed. Historical Examples The liquid is without colour, and gives no absorption spectrum. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 7 Various This colour possesses an absorption spectrum (figured at p. 55). Poisons: Their Effects and […]
able or tending to ; . Historical Examples Their clay seemed like some other kinds, which have their absorptive powers strengthened by the more they take up. The Red Acorn John McElroy Why does under-draining increase the absorptive power of the soil? The Elements of Agriculture George E. Waring Considering epithelium from the point of […]
the property of a body that determines the fraction of incident radiation or by the body. noun (physics) a measure of the ability of a material to absorb radiation, equal to the internal absorptance of a homogeneous layer of the material under conditions in which the path of the radiation has unit length and the […]