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immersion

Immersion is the act of dipping something in a substance, completely covering it. It might be something physical, such as plunging your body into water, or metaphorical, such as becoming totally immersed in a project.

The Latin background of immersion includes the root mergere, "to plunge." The idea of immersion as a physical submergence came first and the idea of something being absorbed in a situation came about later. The idea behind immersion is that of complete coverage, whether that be by water, as in Baptism, or by attention, as in "immersion learning," an idea for learning a language trademarked in 1965 by the Berlitz company.

Definitions of immersion
  1. noun
    the act of wetting something by submerging it
    synonyms: dousing, ducking, submersion
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    type of:
    wetting
    the act of making something wet
  2. noun
    sinking until covered completely with water
    synonyms: submergence, submerging, submersion
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    types:
    dip
    a brief immersion
    type of:
    sinking
    a descent as through liquid (especially through water)
  3. noun
    a form of baptism in which part or all of a person's body is submerged
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    trine immersion
    baptism by immersion three times (in the names in turn of the Trinity)
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    baptism
    a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth
  4. noun
    complete attention; intense mental effort
    synonyms: absorption, concentration, engrossment
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    centering, direction, focal point, focus, focusing, focussing
    the concentration of attention or energy on something
    specialism
    the concentration of your efforts on a particular field of study or occupation
    study
    a state of deep mental absorption
    particularism
    a focus on something particular
    type of:
    attention
    the faculty or power of mental concentration
  5. noun
    (astronomy) the disappearance of a celestial body prior to an eclipse
    synonyms: ingress
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    egress, emersion
    (astronomy) the reappearance of a celestial body after an eclipse
    type of:
    disappearance
    the event of passing out of sight
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