2 [sawrb]
verb (used with object) Chemistry.
to gather on a surface either by absorption, adsorption, or a combination of the two processes.

1905–10; extracted from absorb and adsorb

sorbable, adjective
sorbability, noun Unabridged
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sorb (sɔːb)
1.  another name for service tree
2.  any of various related trees, esp the mountain ash
3.  Also called: sorb apple the fruit of any of these trees
[C16: from Latin sorbus the sorb, service tree]

Sorb (sɔːb)
Wend, Also called: Lusatian 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)

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1836 (implied in Sorbian), from Ger. Sorbe, from Slavic Serb, the national designation. Slavic people surviving in Lusatia, eastern Saxony, also known as Wends.

"fruit of the service tree," 1530, from Fr. sorbe, from L. sorbum "service-berry" (small, edible fruit of the European mountain ash), from sorbus, from PIE base *sor-/*ser- "red, reddish-brown." Hence sorbic acid (1815), so called because it was first isolated from these berries.
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