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absolute temperature temperature measured on a scale in which zero equals the lowest temperature that can be obtained physically.
absolute value the magnitude of a real number irrespective of its sign; distance of a real number from zero. [2 definitions]
absolute zero the lowest possible temperature for any known substance, equal to -273.15 degrees Celsius or -459.67 degrees Fahrenheit.
absolution in Christian theology, a declaration of forgiveness of one's sins by a priest after confession and penance. [3 definitions]
absolutism the principle or practice of absolute, unrestrained governmental power.
absolutist of or relating to government by total, unrestrained power. [3 definitions]
absolve to free from consequences, blame, or guilt. [3 definitions]
absorb to take in or soak up. [3 definitions]
absorbable combined form of absorb.
absorbed deeply engaged or involved.
absorbent capable of absorbing. [2 definitions]
absorbing very interesting; engaging.
absorption the act of absorbing or state of being absorbed. [2 definitions]
abstain to choose to refrain from something, esp. from actions or things considered to be unhealthy or unwise. [2 definitions]
abstemious exercising restraint or moderation in eating and drinking. [2 definitions]
abstention the act or practice, or an instance, of abstaining. [2 definitions]
abstinence the denial of satisfaction of one's appetites, esp. the appetite for certain foods, drugs, or sexual activity. [2 definitions]
abstract existing as something without material form or substance. [13 definitions]
abstractable combined form of abstract.
abstracted preoccupied; engrossed.
abstract expressionism (sometimes cap.) a school of painting that arose after World War II and that was marked by expressive but nonrepresentational images formed by an apparently random and often unconventional application of paint.