ab·sorb·ent a. Absorbing; swallowing; absorptive.
Absorbent ground Paint., a ground prepared for a picture, chiefly with distemper, or water colors, by which the oil is absorbed, and a brilliancy is imparted to the colors.
1. Anything which absorbs.
The ocean, itself a bad absorbent of heat. --Darwin.
2. Med. Any substance which absorbs and neutralizes acid fluid in the stomach and bowels, as magnesia, chalk, etc.; also a substance e. g., iodine which acts on the absorbent vessels so as to reduce enlarged and indurated parts.
3. pl. Physiol. The vessels by which the processes of absorption are carried on, as the lymphatics in animals, the extremities of the roots in plants.
adj : having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up
(liquids); "as absorbent as a sponge" [syn: absorptive]
n : a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another
substance [syn: absorbent material]