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

  • n. The act or an instance of immersing.
  • n. The condition of being immersed.
  • n. Baptism performed by totally submerging a person in water.
  • n. Astronomy The obscuring of a celestial body by another or by the shadow of another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act of immersing or the condition of being immersed
  • n. the total submerging of a person in water as an act of baptism
  • n. an immersion heater
  • n. a smooth map whose differential is everywhere injective, related to the mathematical concept of an embedding

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of immersing, or the state of being immersed; a sinking within a fluid; a dipping.
  • n. Submersion in water for the purpose of Christian baptism, .
  • n. The state of being overhelmed or deeply absorbed; deep engagedness.
  • n. The dissapearance of a celestail body, by passing either behind another, as in the occultation of a star, or into its shadow, as in the eclipse of a satellite; -- opposed to emersion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of immersing, or the state of being immersed; a sinking or dipping into a fluid.
  • n. Specifically A mode of administering baptism by dipping or plunging the whole person into water.
  • n. Figuratively, the act of overwhelming, or the state of being deeply engaged; absorption: as, immersion in scientific studies.
  • n. In astronomy, the disappearance of a celestial body by passing either behind another or into its shadow: opposed to emersion.
  • n. In microscopy, the placing of a drop of liquid, such as water, between the object-glass and the object.
  • n. In ceramics, the application of the glaze to a piece of pottery by plunging it into a vessel filled with the glaze in a liquid state.
  • n. An antiquated term for the introduction of a solid substance into a liquid reagent in order to produce chemical change, as the calcination of tin by immersion in nitric acid.

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

  • n. sinking until covered completely with water
  • n. (astronomy) the disappearance of a celestial body prior to an eclipse
  • n. complete attention; intense mental effort
  • n. a form of baptism in which part or all of a person's body is submerged
  • n. the act of wetting something by submerging it

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