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Imbibition

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Imbibítion. n.s. [imbibition, French, from imbibe.] The act of sucking or drinking in.

Most powders grow more coherent by mixture of water than of oil: the reason is the congruity of bodies, which maketh a perfecter imbibition and incorporation. Bacon.

Heat and cold have a virtual transition, without communication of substance, but in moisture not; and to all madefaction there is required an imbibition. Bacon's Natural History.

A drop of oil, let fall upon a sheet of white paper, that part of it, which, by the imbibition of the liquor, acquires a greater continuity and some transparency, will appear much darker than the rest; many of the incident beams of light being now transmitted, that otherwise would be reflected. Boyle.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Boyle, Robert (84)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Imbibition." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 4, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=4499.


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