# Is this a legitimate definition for an absorbing set in a topological vector space?

## Main Question or Discussion Point

Is this a legitimate definition for an "absorbing set" in a topological vector space?

A set $A\subset X$ is absorbing if $X = \bigcup_{n\in \mathbb N} nA$.

This is the definition the way it was presented to us in my functional analysis class, but I'm looking at other sources, and it seems everyone talks about absorbing being something that can be arbitrarily expanded (by *any* scalar) to include the whole space. It seems that expansion just by natural numbers is too restrictive.

Because if $$X = \bigcup_{n\in \mathbb N} nA$$, then any element of X eventually belongs (is absorbed) by a scaled version nA of A. A little thinking also shows that any open neighborhood is absorbing.