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To Abso'rb. v.a. [absorbeo, Lat. preter, absorbed; part. pret. absorbed, or absorbt.]

  1. To swallow up.

                    Some tokens shew
    Of fearless friendship, and their sinking mates
    Sustain; vain love, tho' laudable, absorpt
    By a fierce eddy, they together found
    The vast profundity.

    Moses imputed the deluge to the disruption of the abyss; and St. Peter, to the particular constitution of that earth, which made it obnoxious to be absorpt in water. Burn. Theory.

  2. To suck up. See Absorbent.

    Supposing the forementioned consumption should prove so durable, as to absorb and extenuate the said sanguine parts to an extreme degree, it is evident, that the fundamental parts must necessarily come into danger. Harvey on Consumptions.

Sources: Burnet, Thomas (45) · Harvey, Gideon (42) · Philips, John (42)

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