1. act of imbibing.
  2. Physical Chemistry. the absorption of solvent by a gel.
  3. Photography. (in color printing) absorption of dye by gelatin, as in the dye-transfer process.


  1. chem the absorption or adsorption of a liquid by a gel or solid
  2. photog the absorption of dyes by gelatine, used in some colour printing processes
  3. obsolete the act of imbibing


  1. Absorption of fluid by a solid or colloid that results in swelling.

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