English explanatory dictionary online >> Sorb

Results for: Sorb



Sorb  (sôrb)
A member of a Slavic people inhabiting the region of Lusatia in eastern Germany and southwest Poland. Also called Wend.

[German Sorbe, perhaps variant of Serbe, Serb, from Serbian Srb, Serb.]

sorb 1  (sôrb)
tr.v. sorbed, sorb·ing, sorbs
To take up and hold, as by absorption or adsorption.

[Back-formation from absorb and adsorb.]

sorba·bili·ty n.
sorba·ble adj.
sorbent adj. & n.

sorb 2  (sôrb)
1. Any of several Old World trees of the genus Sorbus in the rose family, as the service tree or the rowan.
2. The fruit of any of these plants.

[French sorbe, sorb fruit, from Old French sourbe, from Vulgar Latin *sorba, from Latin sorbum.]

Enter word: