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Noun absorption has 6 senses
  1. absorption, soaking up - (chemistry) a process in which one substance permeates another; a fluid permeates or is dissolved by a liquid or solid
    --1 is a kind of sorption
    --1 has particulars: imbibition
    Derived forms: verb absorb4, verb absorb1
  2. absorption - (physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium; "the absorption of photons by atoms or molecules"
    --2 is a kind of
    natural process, natural action, action, activity
    --2 is a part of extinction
    Derived form: verb absorb6
  3. assimilation, absorption - the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another
    --3 is a kind of social process
    --3 has particulars:
     Americanization, Americanisation; Europeanization, Europeanisation; Westernization, Westernisation
    Derived form: verb absorb2
  4. assimilation, absorption - the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion
    --4 is a kind of organic process, biological process
    --4 has particulars: malabsorption
  5. concentration, engrossment, absorption, immersion - complete attention; intense mental effort
    --5 is a kind of attention
    --5 has particulars:
     focus, focusing, focussing, direction, centering; specialism; study
    Derived form: verb absorb7
  6. preoccupation, preoccupancy, absorption, engrossment - the mental state of being preoccupied by something
    --6 is a kind of cognitive state, state of mind
    --6 has particulars: abstractedness, abstraction; absentmindedness
    Derived form: verb absorb9
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