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.

Primary Meanings of immersion

1.
n
the act of wetting something by submerging it
2.
n
(astronomy) the disappearance of a celestial body prior to an eclipse
Full Definitions of immersion
1

n the act of wetting something by submerging it

Synonyms:
dousing, ducking, submersion
Type of:
wetting
the act of making something wet

n sinking until covered completely with water

Synonyms:
submergence, submerging, submersion
Types:
dip
a brief immersion
Type of:
sinking
a descent as through liquid (especially through water)

n a form of baptism in which part or all of a person's body is submerged

Types:
trine immersion
baptism by immersion three times (in the names in turn of the Trinity)
Type of:
baptism
a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth

n complete attention; intense mental effort

Synonyms:
absorption, concentration, engrossment
Types:
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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
2

n (astronomy) the disappearance of a celestial body prior to an eclipse

Synonyms:
ingress
Antonyms:
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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