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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 (someone or something) in(to)

1. To integrate into a new environment or situation. At least the new company has been able to absorb all of the old employees into its corporate structure
2. To draw or pull a liquid into a porous item. The paper towel quickly absorbed the liquid into itself.
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absorb (oneself) in

To occupy or preoccupy oneself completely with activity or pursuit. Greg absorbed himself in video games every day after school. I wanted to impress Juliet, so I absorbed myself in music by her favorite band.
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absorb (something) with

To draw or pull a liquid into a porous item. I had to absorb the water from the overflowing toilet with large towels to keep it from leaking through the floor.
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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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Lim, "Bandwidth-enhanced and polarisation-insensitive metamaterial absorber using double resonance," Electronics Letters, Vol.
He, "Turn a highly-reflective metal into an omnidirectional broadband absorber by coating a purely-dielectric thin layer of grating," Progress In Electromagnetics Research, Vol.
By realizing the resonant LC circuit using resonant metamaterial absorber and the employed substrate in a lossy layer, the equivalent circuit criterion for the reduced thickness absorber, which is shown in Fig.
Treatment with UV absorber generally improves the light fastness of all fabrics (Figure 7).
The main chemistries of UV absorbers are hydroxy benzophenone, hydroxy phenyl benzotriazoles (BTZ), and hydroxy phenyl triazines (triazines).
The monolayer absorber "ekomolitan" t=20 mm has excellent absorptive properties at higher frequency range f > 3000 Hz.
The light that parallel to the symmetry axis is absorbed effectively by the absorber I .
Transmission electron microscopes enable us to see through the materials, beyond the surface and deep within the nanocomposite solar absorber," remarked Dr Zhang.
The invention's proprietary design and features help ensure that hydraulic shock absorbers have unparalleled protection and support.
By trapping sunlight with plasmonics, the solar absorber developed by our team can achieve higher efficiency levels.
A novel way to significantly increase the amount of sunlight that a solar absorber can convert into heat has been discovered by collaborative research involving the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology faculty and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Since the increased low-temperature resistance is solely due to the improved material characteristics, no design changes in the shock absorber are required, according to the manufacturer.