A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-sawrb, -zawrb]
    • /ædˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb/
    • /ædˈsɔːb/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-sawrb, -zawrb]
    • /ædˈsɔrb, -ˈzɔrb/

Definitions of adsorb word

  • verb adsorb to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which a substance, usually a gas, accumulates on the surface of a solid forming a thin film, often only one molecule thick 3
  • verb transitive adsorb to collect (a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) in condensed form on a surface 3
  • verb with object adsorb to gather (a gas, liquid, or dissolved substance) on a surface in a condensed layer: Charcoal will adsorb gases. 1
  • noun adsorb (of a solid) hold (molecules of a gas or liquid or solute) as a thin film on the outside surface or on internal surfaces within the material. 1
  • transitive verb adsorb substance: attract to surface 1
  • verb adsorb (Transitive Verb) (chemistry) To accumulate on a surface, by adsorption. 0

Information block about the term

Origin of adsorb

First appearance:

before 1880
One of the 23% newest English words
First recorded in 1880-85; ad- + (ab)sorb

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Adsorb


adsorb popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

adsorb usage trend in Literature

This diagram is provided by Google Ngram Viewer

Top questions with adsorb

  • what is the difference between adsorb and absorb?
  • what is the meaning of adsorb?
  • what is adsorb?
  • what does adsorb mean?

See also

Matching words

Was this page helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback! Tell your friends about this page
Tell us why?