Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of imbibing.
  • n. Chemistry Absorption of fluid by a solid or colloid that results in swelling.

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  • n. the act of imbibing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of imbibing, or absorbing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of imbibing; the absorption of a liquid into the passages or pores of a body.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (chemistry) the absorption of a liquid by a solid or gel
  • n. the act of consuming liquids

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Examples

  • Here is the transcription of the talk, which not only explains the process of development and imbibition printing, but also notes which color timing corrections are available at which level...

    Colored Pictures

  • Other seeds harvested at ECHO for our seedbank are dried thoroughly, but not so much that such imbibition injury is likely.

    12: Seeds and germplasm

  • You risk damaging the seed by imbibition [water uptake] injury if it is sown straight from the packet into damp ground.

    12: Seeds and germplasm

  • Theodor Schwann, a founder of cell theory in the mid-nineteenth century, described life as 'nothing but the form under which substances capable of imbibition crystallize.'

    Koestler's Solution

  • He proposes to support the strength by placing the patient in a tepid bath of nutritious liquids, that might enter by cutaneous imbibition, but does not recommend this.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1 "Austria, Lower" to "Bacon"

  • If, now, we presuppose absorption or even imbibition on the part of the skin, a swelling of the nerve-ends is comprehensible, as the imbibed fluid reaches them.

    The Electric Bath

  • Of the third I send you half-a-dozen bottles by way of sample: a judicious imbibition of the contents will be found to be a sovereign remedy for the Pip and other kindred disorders that owe their origin to a melancholy frame of mind.

    The Argosy Vol. 51, No. 3, March, 1891

  • For the mental toiler, also, it is equally important that the period devoted to the restoration of brain material and the imbibition of a fresh supply of nerve power for the ensuing day's requirements should be passed under circumstances the most favourable for bestowing them.

    The Art of Living in Australia ; together with three hundred Australian cookery recipes and accessory kitchen information by Mrs. H. Wicken

  • He points out how organic bodies are remarkable for their powers of imbibition, and he seeks to show that the cell is the form under which a body capable of imbibition must necessarily crystallise, and that the organism is an aggregate of such imbibition-crystals.

    Form and Function A Contribution to the History of Animal Morphology

  • The cell-substance is either soluble in the cytoblastem and crystallises out only when the latter is saturated with it, or it is insoluble and crystallises as soon as it is formed, according to the aforementioned laws of the crystallisation of imbibition-bodies; it forms thus one or more layers round the nucleolus, etc.

    Form and Function A Contribution to the History of Animal Morphology

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  • Interesting! It sounds more "drinky" than imbibe.

    January 12, 2008

  • Noun form of 'imbibe,' according to Garner's.

    January 12, 2008