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[ab-sawr-ber, -zawr-] /æbˈsɔr bər, -ˈzɔr-/
a person or thing that absorbs.
Physics. a material in a nuclear reactor that absorbs neutrons without reproducing them.
Origin of absorber
1785-95; absorb + -er1 Unabridged
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  • The core, in turn, is an efficient absorber of electromagnetic radiation.
  • In modern humans, metatarsals create the distinctive arch of the foot and act as a shock absorber while keeping the foot stiff.
  • Boric acid is a strong neutron absorber which will help prevent the nuclear fuel from overheating.
  • Monetary policy might be a good shock absorber but it can't do much to alter structural changes.
  • If another possibility were more efficient, they would be naturally absorber by better alternatives.
  • The conical nature of the cavities formed by this material should make it a broad band absorber.
  • The ceramic beads may also prove useful as a noise absorber for industrial, automotive, and household equipment.
  • Spider silk is a good shock absorber because you don't want your fly ricocheting out of the web.
  • Following the decay region is an absorber, put in place to stop any muons and undecayed mesons.
British Dictionary definitions for absorber


/əbˈsɔːbə; -ˈzɔː-/
a person or thing that absorbs
(physics) a material that absorbs radiation or causes it to lose energy
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