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absorbent

[əb′sȯr·bənt]
(materials)
A material which, in contact with a liquid or gas, extracts one or more substances for which it has an affinity, and is altered physically or chemically during the process.

absorbent

A material which, owing to an affinity for certain substances, extracts one or more such substances from a liquid or gas with which it is in contact, and which changes physically or chemically, or both, during the process.
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The remainder occurred in a variety of contexts, with the bond between the parties, in many cases, exclusively a bibulous one.
But if ad men weren't yet as bibulous as their counterparts in the newspaper business, they weren't as industrious either.
When I first came to the United States from Ireland in the early 1900S, Americans thought of my home country as a land of green fields, bibulous peasants, and perhaps the occasional leprechaun.
The first time I met him in the bibulous atmosphere of "el Tren Negro," I noticed that he did not drink, but I only found out the reason later.
During a rather bibulous intermission Wednesday night at Mechanics Hall, someone asked a loose member of the Band of Irish Guards, in full regimental regalia, if his monstrous fur hat had a name.
about Russia's bibulous culture to reporters from the major New
The roughly 30-year age difference and Jean's earnest devotion to making a post-divorce go of it with her son raise some questions as to her quick willingness to get involved with a bibulous old ne'er-do-well.
From that wartime meeting in 1944 until Dad's death at the turn of the century, not a year went by without the two old friends meeting up, including many a late and bibulous sortie into the early hours at Opens various.
Reduced to selling pieces of equipment on the black market or taking part-time civilian jobs on the fortifications, the troops were driven to mutiny in 1744 when a bibulous governor neglected to lay in sufficient provisions for the winter.
Usually, the prawn sandwich brigade are a rich seam of material with their inappropriate behaviour, poor dress sense and bibulous ways.
They could easily have been British holidaymakers, especially given our deserved reputation for bibulous behaviour whilst abroad.
That Latinism would have evoked, in readers of Blackwood's Magazine, from which it comes, images of convivial evenings of shared literary, perhaps bibulous, pleasures--high cultural moments in a Scottish idiom.