adsorb (third-person singular simple present adsorbs, present participle adsorbing, simple past and past participle adsorbed)
1.to gather (a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) on a surface in a condensed layer, Charcoal will adsorb gases.
1. to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which a substance, usually a gas, accumulates on the surface of a solid forming a thin film, often only one molecule thick, to adsorb hydrogen on nickel, oxygen adsorbs on tungsten Compare absorb (sense 8) Derived Formsadsorbable, adjectiveadsorbability, nounadsorption, noun Word OriginC19, ad- + -sorb as in absorbCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1882, transitive (intransitive use attested from 1919), back-formation from adsorption (1882), coined in German from ad- + -sorption, abstracted from absorption. See absorb. Related, Adsorbent; adsorption.
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