Ectotherms, by contrast, warm their bodies by absorbing heat from their surroundings-think of a lizard basking on a rock.
By absorbing sunlight, the floating plants help keep the ocean surface relatively warm.
Trees also play a critical role in absorbing the greenhouse gases that fuel global warming.
But you can find out how much radiation your head is absorbing from any given phone.
Sunlight-reflecting ice sheets would give way to sunlight-absorbing water, driving up temperatures and melting even more ice.
Beneath the energy-absorbing shell lies a web of clever electrical engineering.
Kiva engineers find an absorbing way to demonstrate their kind of social medium.
These two articles are worth absorbing as measures of the challenges the paper now faces.
The new technique mixes the oil with a material really good at absorbing microwave radiation.
When the pressure created by the compressor is released, the liquid evaporates, absorbing heat and lowering the temperature.
British Dictionary definitions for absorbing
occupying one's interest or attention; engrossing; gripping
to soak or suck up (liquids)
to engage or occupy (the interest, attention, or time) of (someone); engross
to receive or take in (the energy of an impact)
(physics) to take in (all or part of incident radiated energy) and retain the part that is not reflected or transmitted
to take in or assimilate; incorporate
to accept and find a market for (goods, etc)
to pay for as part of a commercial transaction the distributor absorbed the cost of transport
(chem) to cause to undergo a process in which one substance, usually a liquid or gas, permeates into or is dissolved by a liquid or solid porous solids absorb water, hydrochloric acid absorbs carbon dioxide Compare adsorb
absorbability, noun absorbable, adjective
C15: via Old French from Latin absorbēre to suck, swallow, from ab-1 + sorbēre to suck
late 15c., from M.Fr. absorber (O.Fr. assorbir), from L. absorbere "to swallow up," from ab- "from" + sorbere "suck in," from PIE base *srebh- "to suck, absorb" (cf. Armenian arbi "I drank," Gk. rhopheo "to sup greedily up, gulp down," Lith. srebiu "to drink greedily"). Figurative meaning "to completely grip (one's) attention" is from 1753.