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[sawrb] /sɔrb/
verb (used with object), Chemistry
1.
to gather on a surface either by absorption, adsorption, or a combination of the two processes.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; extracted from absorb and adsorb
Related forms
sorbable, adjective
sorbability, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sorbability

sorb

/sɔːb/
noun
1.
another name for service tree (sense 1)
2.
any of various related trees, esp the mountain ash
3.
Also called sorb apple. the fruit of any of these trees
Derived Forms
sorbic, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sorbus the sorb, service tree

Sorb

/sɔːb/
noun
1.
a member of a Slavonic people living chiefly in the rural areas of E Germany between the upper reaches of the Oder and Elbe rivers (Lusatia) Also called Wend, Lusatian
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Word Origin and History for sorbability

Sorb

n.

1843, from German Sorbe, from Slavic Serb, the national designation. Slavic people surviving in Lusatia, eastern Saxony, also known as Wends. Related: Sorbian (1836); earlier Sorabian (1788), from Medieval Latin Sorabi.

sorb

n.

"fruit of the service tree," 1520s, from French sorbe, from Latin sorbum "service-berry" (small, edible fruit of the European mountain ash), from sorbus, of uncertain origin.

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