n. - The act or process of cutting off.
n. - The state of being cut off.
n. - A figure of speech employed when a speaker having begun to say a thing stops abruptly: thus, "He is a man of so much honor and candor, and of such generosity -- but I need say no more."
n. - A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence.
n. - Want; destitution; withdrawal.
n. - Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, absence of mind.
n. - One who absents himself from his country, office, post, or duty; especially, a landholder who lives in another country or district than that where his estate is situated; as, an Irish absentee.
a. - Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command; absolute power; an absolute monarch.
a. - Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless; as, absolute perfection; absolute beauty.
a. - Viewed apart from modifying influences or without comparison with other objects; actual; real; -- opposed to relative and comparative; as, absolute motion; absolute time or space.
a. - Loosed from, or unconnected by, dependence on any other being; self-existent; self-sufficing.
a. - Capable of being thought or conceived by itself alone; unconditioned; non-relative.
a. - Positive; clear; certain; not doubtful.
a. - Authoritative; peremptory.
a. - Pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol.
a. - Not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence in government; as, the case absolute. See Ablative absolute, under Ablative.
n. - In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity.
n. - An absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense.
n. - An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declaring and accused person innocent.
n. - The exercise of priestly jurisdiction in the sacrament of penance, by which Catholics believe the sins of the truly penitent are forgiven.
n. - An absolving from ecclesiastical penalties, -- for example, excommunication.
n. - The form of words by which a penitent is absolved.
n. - Delivery, in speech.
n. - The state of being absolute; the system or doctrine of the absolute; the principles or practice of absolute or arbitrary government; despotism.
n. - Doctrine of absolute decrees.
v. t. - To set free, or release, as from some obligation, debt, or responsibility, or from the consequences of guilt or such ties as it would be sin or guilt to violate; to pronounce free; as, to absolve a subject from his allegiance; to absolve an offender, which amounts to an acquittal and remission of his punishment.
v. t. - To free from a penalty; to pardon; to remit (a sin); -- said of the sin or guilt.
v. t. - To finish; to accomplish.
v. t. - To resolve or explain.
v. t. - To swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to include.
v. t. - To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body.
v. t. - To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or the pursuit of wealth.
v. t. - To take up by cohesive, chemical, or any molecular action, as when charcoal absorbs gases. So heat, light, and electricity are absorbed or taken up in the substances into which they pass.
n. - Absorptiveness.
a. - Absorbing; swallowing; absorptive.
n. - Anything which absorbs.
n. - Any substance which absorbs and neutralizes acid fluid in the stomach and bowels, as magnesia, chalk, etc.; also a substance e. g., iodine) which acts on the absorbent vessels so as to reduce enlarged and indurated parts.
n. - The vessels by which the processes of absorption are carried on, as the lymphatics in animals, the extremities of the roots in plants.