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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n absorptance a measure of the rate of decrease in the intensity of electromagnetic radiation (as light) as it passes through a given substance; the fraction of incident radiant energy absorbed per unit mass or thickness of an absorber "absorptance equals 1 minus transmittance"
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  • Walter Lippmann
    “The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples.”
  • Richard Weaver
    Richard Weaver
    “Absorption in ease is one of the most reliable signs of present or impending decay.”
  • Hugo Ball
    Hugo Ball
    “The symbolic view of things is a consequence of long absorption in images. Is sign language the real language of Paradise?”


In literature:

His absorption in politics, which had newly aroused his interest, led him to dispose of his race-horses.
"The Portland Peerage Romance" by Charles J. Archard
Suddenly a shout broke my absorption in this task.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
Hegisippe, defying the laws governing the absorption of alcohols, tossed off his absinthe in swashbuckler fashion, and rose.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
This loving vision of God supposes an absorption in Him.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
Their efforts hastened the absorption of philosophic Nihilism in the creed of Prudhon and Bakunin.
"The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)" by John Holland Rose
His absorption in the material side of it had done the trick.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
The great creative era of the Greek mind had passed away with the absorption of the city-state in Alexander's empire.
"Philo-Judaeus of Alexandria" by Norman Bentwich
This absorption comes not from good works or penances, for these confine the soul and do not liberate it.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
And Bull Sternford, for all his absorption in his work, had watched with troubled feelings.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Digestion proper and absorption have been distributed to different cells, and the work is better done.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
She was gazing with an absorption that shut out all other sights and sounds at the solitary blossom on the magnolia-tree.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
The Bretons, on the other hand, clung to their independence and dreaded absorption in the unifying French state.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
This process of absorption is carried on throughout the whole length of the colon.
"Outwitting Our Nerves" by Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
And, as a part of the child's environment, the teacher takes her place in the process of education by absorption.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
These are all due to the absorption of toxins into the general circulation.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
He understood now the man's troubled absorption.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Absorption is one of the earliest and most essential functions of animal and vegetables tissues.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
I have stated, without proof, that where absorption occurs, the motion of the ether-waves is taken up by the constituent atoms of molecules.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 365, December 30, 1882" by Various
In the sad absorption of mind which followed upon his death, Janetta almost forgot her cousins, the Brands.
"A True Friend" by Adeline Sergeant
It was a moment of doubt and perplexity; with labouring absorption she and her index finger pored over the page.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin

In news:

Alcohol enemas bypasses the stomach, accelerating the absorption rate.
Revision of D6532 - 00(2006) Standard Test Method for Evaluation of the Effect of Clear Water Repellent Treatments on Water Absorption of Hydraulic Cement Mortar Specimens.
WK33029 Standard Test Method for Determining the Water Absorption of Hardened Concrete Treated With a Water Repellent Coating.
Carbon nanotubes, with their strong infrared absorption and tunable band gaps, are at the heart of a new type of infrared detector that operates at room temperature (Opt.
Schwarzenegger's memoir, apology for love child has all of us asking: sincerity or self-absorption .
Schwarzenegger's Memoir: Sincerity or Self-absorption .
When comparing the scientific literature on the absorption and positive human trials of CS to glucosamine, glucosamine is far and away superior.
TIGER Boron 2%, a first-ever product that combines sulphur and boron, offers greater spatial distribution, increased absorption of boron by root hairs and improved plant health.
Scientists are beginning to uncover food combinations that work synergistically to boost nutrient absorption and antioxidant potency beyond the beneficial effects of the foods when eaten alone.
Scientists are uncovering food combinations that work synergistically to boost nutrient absorption and antioxidant potency.
Now that is a significant amount of absorption.
Undermain Theatre stalwart Bruce DuBose excels at roles in which self-absorption can be easily confused for intensity.
Involves the absorption of heat when current is sent through a junction of two dissimilar metals.
Fine Oat Powder for Oil Absorption and Thickening .
During third-quarter 2012, the office market in the Little Rock metro area saw positive absorption of 103,113 SF.

In science:

EWc = 1.3 ˚A is a reasonable approximation for the stellar absorption correction when using the SDSS pipeline spectral line measurements, and corresponds roughly to a 2.6 ˚A EW stellar absorption in the SF galaxies.
Star formation rate indicators in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
The solid line is the SDSS pipeline Gaussian fit to the emission, and the dashed lines are a double Gaussian fit, made by fixing an absorption component to have an EW= 3.0 ˚A the same EW as the absorption measured at Hδ in this spectrum.
Star formation rate indicators in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
The [Ne III] λ3968 emission is confused by Hǫ emission and absorption and by Ca II H absorption, but its ratio of 1/3 (in photon units) to the stronger [Ne III] λ3869 line allows it to be subtracted quite accurately.
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280
No surprise that the X-ray afterglows tend to show Fe and Mg in their early (redshifted) absorption spectra, in particular strong Fe K-edge absorption (Amati et al 2000), scraped off a neutron star’s surface.
Gamma-Ray Bursts: their Sources
This is expected, due to heating of the particle which results from the absorption of light through the sample, and also heating of the surrounding liquid due to absorption of the trapping beam by water, which is on the order of 10 K per W at the focus .
Optical microrheology using rotating laser-trapped particles
We therefore performed a spectral fit by adopting a simple power law model with two photoelectric absorption component: one representing the absorption from our Galaxy and the other representing the additional absorption along the line of sight.
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows
The drift towards the absorption point may be attributed to two distinct reasons: (i) A smaller (average) probability to take a step to the right (away from the absorption point).
Survival probabilities in time-dependent random walks
We do however detect an absorption feature in these data at the same wavelength as the Ly– α absorption feature in P3.
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
Brouwer demonstrated that Eq.(2) is inapplicable in the limit of strong absorption [17, 18], whereas we are interested in the weakly absorbing systems with √Dτ > L, where D is the diffusion coefficient, and τ is the absorption time.
Effects of localization and amplification on distribution of intensity transmitted through random media
In addition to the emission features, there are strong absorption lines of Ca II, Fe I, and Ti I in the wavelength region from approximately 8400 to 8700˚A that are relatively free from molecular absorption bands so they can be confidently used for radial velocity measurements.
High Resolution, Long - Slit Spectroscopy of VY CMa: The Evidence for Localized High Mass Loss Events
This may be an inverse P Cygni profile, but the broad absorption minimum has a red-shifted velocity, typically ∼ 86 km s−1 (Table 5) like the other reflected absorption lines at the same positions (see §4.1).
High Resolution, Long - Slit Spectroscopy of VY CMa: The Evidence for Localized High Mass Loss Events
The line is very narrow, does not show the multiple peaks observed in the K I line, and has essentially a constant Doppler velocity at ≈ 41 km s−1 like that for the K I emission on the star (Table 4). A strong, reflected absorption line which we attribute to Ca I] absorption is present in the ejecta.
High Resolution, Long - Slit Spectroscopy of VY CMa: The Evidence for Localized High Mass Loss Events
The reflected absorption lines show a strong velocity gradient across the prominent nebulous arc to the NW of the star, while the same absorption lines along slit V show virtually no variation in Doppler velocity.
High Resolution, Long - Slit Spectroscopy of VY CMa: The Evidence for Localized High Mass Loss Events
Fig. 6.— Representative Fe I and Ti I absorption line profiles along Slits I, II and V showing the broadening of the absorption lines compared with the much narrower absorption lines on the star, Slit I Ap. 2.
High Resolution, Long - Slit Spectroscopy of VY CMa: The Evidence for Localized High Mass Loss Events
Closer inspection revealed that the ob jects in 3.W without silicate absorption are mostly RCB stars (those with silicate absorption are usually Wolf-Rayet stars).
R CrB Candidates in the Small Magellanic Cloud: Observations of Cold, Featureless Dust with the Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph