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absorbed in thought

Fully and deeply engrossed in a thought or idea, often to such a degree as to be unaware of or insensitive to the outside world. It's no use trying to talk to Helen when she's absorbed in thought like that; it's as if we don't even exist!
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be absorbed by (something)

To have all of one's attention, interest, or identity completely dominated by or engrossed in something. I was so absorbed by the movie that I didn't even notice you coming in! He is so absorbed by his work that he doesn't have enough time for his family anymore.
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absorb oneself in someone or something

Fig. [for someone] to become very interested or preoccupied with something or someone else's interests. Tom would often absorb himself in his children's activities on weekends.
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absorb someone in(to) something

[of a person or a group of people] to include someone in all the activities of the group; to integrate someone into something. The club absorbed the new members into the organization.
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absorb something in(to) something

[of matter or substance] to draw something into itself. The sponge absorbed all the moisture into its fibers.
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absorb something with something

to soak up a fluid with something. Henry absorbed the spilled milk with a sponge.
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With Fat Absorb, losing weight is simply sticking to the schedule of taking a couple of capsules 20 minutes before lunch and dinner.
Because the polymers in plastic solar cells currently under development absorb only visible light, they convert about 6 percent of the sun's energy into electrical power.
Denson also keeps his appearance crisp with a cotton undershirt beneath dress shirts and polo shirts to absorb moisture, applies sunscreen so he won't have a sunburned face, and wears sunglasses to protect his eyes.
Several years ago, Turner and his colleagues created such a layered device by placing gallium indium phosphide, which absorbs ultraviolet and visible light, on top of gallium arsenide, which absorbs infrared lights (SN: 4/18/98, p.
Cyan, for example, absorbs red wavelengths, but reflects blue and green ones.
When the concentration of dissolved substances goes up, it becomes more difficult for a liquid to absorb a gas, says Karl.
Like the synthetics, ferulic acid absorbs skin-damaging ultraviolet light.
ENVIROLIZER absorbs plant food and moisture, maintaining a consistent level longer than potting mixes.
With more sunlight hitting the northerly regions, highly reflective layers of nitrogen frost may have evaporated and left behind darker material that absorbs more heat from the sun.
The skimmer product line includes the Smart Sponge Passive Skimmer, which absorbs and encapsulates hydrocarbons by floating directly on the water in stormwater catch basins, sumps and oil/water separators; the Smart Sponge Bilge Skimmer, which eliminates petroleum hydrocarbon contamination from boats and allows the boater to discharge clean water from the bilge pump into marina receiving waters; and the Smart Sponge Line Skimmer Series, which skims the water surface in non-confined flow areas.
However, at millions more wavelengths, water vapor absorbs light too weakly to be gauged.
today announced lithium silicate, a new ceramic material that surpasses other ceramics in the speed at which it absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2), and does so at room temperature.
That's because the atomic hydrogen, which readily absorbs photons, quenched the radiation.
OTCBB:SOYL), manufacturer of AGRIBLEND PLUS, a revolutionary agricultural soil treatment that absorbs and retains water in irrigated and dryland farming, announced an AGRIBLEND PLUS sale in Bakersfield, California, that is expected to contribute to record-setting tree growth.