From Latin absorbere. To suck up. To take in and make part of an existing whole. The act or process of absorbing or sucking in anything, or of being absorbed and made to disappear; as, the absorption of bodies in a whirlpool, the absorption of a smaller tribe into a larger.
- (Chemistry & Physics) An imbibing or reception by molecular or chemical action; as, the absorption of light, heat, electricity, etc.
- (Physiology) In living organisms, the process by which the materials of growth and nutrition are absorbed and conveyed to the tissues and organs.
- Entire engrossment or occupation of the mind; as, absorption in some employment. The merger of nations, the process of incorporation of rights. The rate at which new items or chattels will be consumed into the marketplace. In relation to real property, the rate at which the property will be leased or sold in a given market. The process by which a manufacturer or seller will pay costs normally associated with the buyer (such as freight on the sale of goods or closing costs and points on the sale of home) and either include them in ...