from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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  • noun the act of imbibing.

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

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


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

    January 12, 2008

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

    January 12, 2008