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English Dictionary: absorbing by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. capable of arousing and holding the attention; "a fascinating story"
    Synonym(s): absorbing, engrossing, fascinating, gripping, riveting
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Absorb \Ab*sorb"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Absorbed}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Absorbing}.] [L. absorbere; ab + sorbere to suck in, akin
      to Gr. [?]: cf. F. absorber.]
      1. To swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to
            disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to include.
            [bd]Dark oblivion soon absorbs them all.[b8] --Cowper.
                     The large cities absorb the wealth and fashion. --W.
      2. To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the
            lacteals of the body. --Bacon.
      3. To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed
            in study or the pursuit of wealth.
      4. To take up by cohesive, chemical, or any molecular action,
            as when charcoal absorbs gases. So heat, light, and
            electricity are absorbed or taken up in the substances
            into which they pass. --Nichol. --p. 8
      Syn: To {Absorb}, {Engross}, {Swallow up}, {Engulf}.
      Usage: These words agree in one general idea, that of
                  completely taking up. They are chiefly used in a
                  figurative sense and may be distinguished by a
                  reference to their etymology. We speak of a person as
                  absorbed (lit., drawn in, swallowed up) in study or
                  some other employment of the highest interest. We
                  speak of a person as ebgrossed (lit., seized upon in
                  the gross, or wholly) by something which occupies his
                  whole time and thoughts, as the acquisition of wealth,
                  or the attainment of honor. We speak of a person
                  (under a stronger image) as swallowed up and lost in
                  that which completely occupies his thoughts and
                  feelings, as in grief at the death of a friend, or in
                  the multiplied cares of life. We speak of a person as
                  engulfed in that which (like a gulf) takes in all his
                  hopes and interests; as, engulfed in misery, ruin,

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Absorbing \Ab*sorb"ing\, a.
      Swallowing, engrossing; as, an absorbing pursuit. --
      {Ab*sorb"ing}, adv.
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