- capable of absorbing heat, light, moisture, etc.; tending to absorb.
- something that absorbs: Tons of high-powered absorbents were needed to clean up the oil spill.
- able to absorb
- a substance that absorbs
1718, adjective and noun, from Latin absorbentem (nominative absorbens), present participle of absorbere (see absorb). adj.
- Capable of absorption; able to absorb.