immersion

[ih-mur-zhuhn, -shuhn]
noun
1.
an act or instance of immersing.
2.
state of being immersed.
3.
state of being deeply engaged or involved; absorption.
4.
baptism in which the whole body of the person is submerged in the water.
5.
Also called ingress. Astronomy. the entrance of a heavenly body into an eclipse by another body, an occultation, or a transit. Compare emersion ( def 1 ).
adjective
6.
concentrating on one course of instruction, subject, or project to the exclusion of all others for several days or weeks; intensive: an immersion course in conversational French.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin immersiōn- (stem of immersiō) a dipping in. See immerse, -ion

nonimmersion, noun

emersion, immersion.
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immersion (ɪˈmɜːʃən)
 
n
1.  a form of baptism in which part or the whole of a person's body is submerged in the water
2.  astronomy Also: ingress the disappearance of a celestial body prior to an eclipse or occultation
3.  the act of immersing or state of being immersed

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immersion
mid-15c., from L.L. immersionem (nom. immersio), noun of action from immergere, from L. in- "into" + mergere "plunge, dip" (see merge). Meaning "absorption in some interest or situation" is from 1640s. As a method of teaching a foreign language, it is from 1965, trademarked by the Berlitz company.
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immersion im·mer·sion (ĭ-mûr'zhən, -shən)
n.

  1. The placing of a body under water or other liquid.

  2. The use of a fluid on a microscope slide in order to exclude air from between the glass slide and the bottom lens.


im·merse' (ĭ-mûrs') v.
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Example sentences
Certain songwriters demand of a performer nothing less than a go-for-broke
  immersion in the composer's private emotional world.
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  one startling gap.
So let's talk about what you might not get in that real-time self immersion
  that people might do.
Cutler used fresh and frozen chickens to see how immersion in water affected
  the posture of the dead birds.
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