- 1A primitive sedentary aquatic invertebrate with a soft porous body that is typically supported by a framework of fibers or calcareous or glassy spicules. Sponges draw in a current of water to extract nutrients and oxygen.
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- Phylum Porifera: several classes
- Other images are just as mystifying the spine of a sea urchin, sharks' teeth, sponges and ascidians, to name a few.
- Chinese scholar's rocks, coral and sponges come to mind.
- 2A piece of a soft, light, porous substance originally consisting of the fibrous skeleton of an invertebrate but now usually made of synthetic material. Sponges absorb liquid and are used for washing and cleaning.More example sentences
- This increases insulation and avoids the need for surface treatment, while the vegetation absorbs rain like a sponge, reducing or at least delaying run-off.
- These people just don't sip, they imbibe, they absorb liquor like dehydrated sponges, letting the story-soothing booze flow through their veins until it seeps from their pores in the squalid stench of defeat.
- Be a sponge - absorb as much inspiration as you can from watching other artists perform.
- 2.2Sponge used as padding or insulating material: the headguard is padded with spongeMore example sentences
- However, Dubuffet soon extended the meaning of the word ‘assemblage’ to cover small sculptures he made from such materials as sponge and scraps of wood.
- In the most recent sculptures, Starr has worked with thinner slices of sponge, laid on the floor like mats or stacked like towels, all oozing floods of paint.
- 3British (also sponge pudding) A steamed or baked pudding of fat, flour, and eggs.More example sentences
- Mrs Warburton was suddenly coming towards her, holding a large slice of cream sponge on a plate.
- 3.1 short for sponge cake.More example sentences
- Eat hot with warm sponge cake or madeleines or eat thoroughly chilled aside a little mound of equal quantities of thick yoghurt and whipped cream.
- Sometimes a different fruit is used and some cooks may substitute sponge cake for shortcake; but no alternative version can match the excellence of the original.
- Arrowroot, a major cash crop, is used in desserts, including arrowroot sponge cake and arrowroot custard.
verb (sponges, sponging or spongeing, sponged)Back to top
- 1 [with object] Wipe, rub, or clean with a wet sponge or cloth: she sponged him down in an attempt to cool his feverMore example sentences
- Then she pulled the soiled blankets from beneath him, before sponging him down as she had the previous evening and wrapping him in a fresh set of sheets.
- She gently sponged Priss’ back, watching the muscles flex against her movement.
- Once he had been sponged and dressed by silent attendants, Hakida had lead him to a carriage and ushered him inside, then on the bumpy ride to the Vistula Temple beneath black clouds informed him of what he was to do.
- 1.1Remove or wipe away (liquid or a mark) with a wet sponge or cloth: I’ll go and sponge this orange juice off my dressMore example sentences
- She bent over Milo, sponging some of the warm painkiller from a bucket next to the bed.
- They walked back down stairs and Nicole sponged up the water that had spilt everywhere.
- It was like I squeezed out all the water I had sponged up.
- 2 [no object] • informal Obtain or accept money or food from other people without doing or intending to do anything in return: they found they could earn a perfectly good living by sponging off othersMore example sentences
scrounge off/from, be a parasite on, beg from; live off• informal freeload on, cadge from, bum off, mooch off
- Two are notable-a witty fop, who lives nearby, and a down-at-the-heels aristocrat, who has been sponging off the family for decades.
- There Jackson became a cowardly deserter sponging off the martial generosity of Uncle Sam, a man who betrayed his comrades and never paid his gambling debts.
- The older women are in essence sponging off the daughter, a secretary, who is marrying mainly to escape their clutches.
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- All papers are spongeable and have a moderate light fastness.
- A matt varnish seals in the colour, making the paper spongeable, and a secret printing technique gives a sharp, clear pattern with a linen embossed finish.
- The PVC based cloth is spongeable making it easy to maintain.
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- Enthusiasm is crucial, as is respect, politeness and the sponge-like ability to absorb knowledge.
- Then plant a giant green sponge-like hedge between you and the noise.
- Do you have a washcloth I could use, instead of this purple sponge-like thing?
Old English (sense 2 of the noun), via Latin from Greek spongia, later form of spongos, reinforced in Middle English by Old French esponge.