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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sponge(noun)

    a porous mass of interlacing fibers that forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used

  2. quick study, sponge(noun)

    someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily

    "she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge"

  3. leech, parasite, sponge, sponger(noun)

    a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

  4. sponge, poriferan, parazoan(verb)

    primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies

  5. sponge(verb)

    wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten

  6. mooch, bum, cadge, grub, sponge(verb)

    ask for and get free; be a parasite

  7. sponge(verb)

    erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard

  8. sponge(verb)

    soak up with a sponge

  9. sponge(verb)

    gather sponges, in the ocean


  1. sponge(Noun)

    Any of various marine invertebrates, mostly of the phylum Porifera, that have a porous skeleton often of silica.

  2. sponge(Noun)

    A piece of porous material used for washing (originally made from the invertebrates, now often made of plastic).

  3. sponge(Noun)

    A porous material such as sponges consist of.

  4. sponge(Noun)

    A heavy drinker.

  5. sponge(Noun)

    A type of light cake; sponge cake.

  6. sponge(Noun)

    A type of steamed pudding.

  7. sponge(Noun)

    A person who takes advantage of the generosity of others (abstractly imagined to absorb or soak up the money or efforts of others like a sponge).

  8. sponge(Noun)

    A form of contraception that is inserted vaginally; a contraceptive sponge.

  9. sponge(Verb)

    To take advantage of the kindness of others.

    He has been sponging off his friends for a month now.

  10. sponge(Verb)

    To clean, soak up, or dab with a sponge.

  11. Origin: spunge, from spongia, from σπογγιά, related to σπόγγος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sponge(noun)

    any one of numerous species of Spongiae, or Porifera. See Illust. and Note under Spongiae

  2. Sponge(noun)

    the elastic fibrous skeleton of many species of horny Spongiae (keratosa), used for many purposes, especially the varieties of the genus Spongia. The most valuable sponges are found in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, and on the coasts of Florida and the West Indies

  3. Sponge(noun)

    one who lives upon others; a pertinaceous and indolent dependent; a parasite; a sponger

  4. Sponge(noun)

    any spongelike substance

  5. Sponge(noun)

    dough before it is kneaded and formed into loaves, and after it is converted into a light, spongy mass by the agency of the yeast or leaven

  6. Sponge(noun)

    iron from the puddling furnace, in a pasty condition

  7. Sponge(noun)

    iron ore, in masses, reduced but not melted or worked

  8. Sponge(noun)

    a mop for cleaning the bore of a cannon after a discharge. It consists of a cylinder of wood, covered with sheepskin with the wool on, or cloth with a heavy looped nap, and having a handle, or staff

  9. Sponge(noun)

    the extremity, or point, of a horseshoe, answering to the heel

  10. Sponge(verb)

    to cleanse or wipe with a sponge; as, to sponge a slate or a cannon; to wet with a sponge; as, to sponge cloth

  11. Sponge(verb)

    to wipe out with a sponge, as letters or writing; to efface; to destroy all trace of

  12. Sponge(verb)

    fig.: To deprive of something by imposition

  13. Sponge(verb)

    fig.: To get by imposition or mean arts without cost; as, to sponge a breakfast

  14. Sponge(verb)

    to suck in, or imbile, as a sponge

  15. Sponge(verb)

    fig.: To gain by mean arts, by intrusion, or hanging on; as, an idler sponges on his neighbor

  16. Sponge(verb)

    to be converted, as dough, into a light, spongy mass by the agency of yeast, or leaven

  17. Origin: [OF. esponge, F. ponge, L. spongia, Gr. spoggia`, spo`ggos. Cf. Fungus, Spunk.]


  1. Sponge

    Sponge is an alternative rock band from Detroit, Michigan formed in 1991 by Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross, Tim Cross, and Joey Mazzola. All were formerly of the hard rock band Loudhouse. Sponge was signed to Sony Records in 1994 but have since switched to other labels.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sponge

    spunj, n. a fixed, usually marine, animal with pores in the body-wall and without tentacles: the fibrous framework of such, remarkable for its power of sucking up water: any sponge-like substance, as dough before it is kneaded and formed: any cringing hanger-on or parasite, a drunken fellow: an instrument for cleaning cannon after a discharge: the heel of a horse's shoe.—v.t. to wipe with a sponge: to wipe out, absorb up, with a sponge: to wipe out completely: to destroy.—v.i. to suck in, as a sponge: to gain by mean tricks, to live on others by some mean subterfuge or other.—ns. Sponge′cake, a very light sweet cake of flour, eggs, and sugar; Sponge′let, a little sponge.—adjs. Sponge′ous, Spon′giōse, Spongiolit′ic.—n. Spong′er, one who uses a sponge: a person or vessel engaged in fishing for sponges: an apparatus for sponging cloth by means of a perforated adjustable cylinder: a sponge or parasite.—adjs. Spongic′olous, inhabiting sponges; Spong′iform, resembling a sponge: porous.—ns. Spong′iness, porous quality; Spong′ing-house, a bailiff's lodging-house for debtors in his custody before their committal to prison; Spon′giōle, the spongy tissue of a root-tip; Spon′giolite, a fossil sponge spicule.—adj. Spongoid (spong′goid).ns. Spongologist (spong-gol′ō-jist), one devoted to the study of sponges; Spongology (spong-gol′ō-ji), the knowledge about sponges.—adj. Spong′y, like a sponge, absorptive: of open texture, porous: wet and soft: drunken.—Set a sponge, to leaven a small mass of dough with which to leaven a large quantity; Throw up the sponge, to acknowledge defeat by throwing into the air the sponge with which a boxer is rubbed down between rounds: to give up any contest. [O. Fr. esponge—L. spongia—Gr. sponggia.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. sponge

    [Unix] A special case of a filter that reads its entire input before writing any output; the canonical example is a sort utility. Unlike most filters, a sponge can conveniently overwrite the input file with the output data stream. If a file system has versioning (as ITS did and VMS does now) the sponge/filter distinction loses its usefulness, because directing filter output would just write a new version. See also slurp.


  1. Sponge

    POWERING SOCIAL COMMUNITIES THAT ANSWER THE WORLDS QUESTIONS….Sponge powers question and answer communities for brands, media outlets, and topical sites. Sponge’s Q&A platform enables online communities to ask questions and share answers in a structured manner.Sponge’s technology unites traditional social features with question-and-answer functionality to foster knowledge sharing, collaboration, and customer engagement.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sponge

    See Implements.

Editors Contribution

  1. sponge

    A type of homemade cake and food product created and processed in various food colors, flavors, ingredients, recipes, shapes, sizes and substances, sold as a food product in a form of packaging.

    Sponge cake is a beautiful food that many of us are blessed to know how to make, bake and eat.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on July 30, 2016  
  2. sponge

    A type of man-made material and product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles, used for a variety of purposes.

    Sponges are used to clean and wash the body, used to make a variety of cleaning products, wash a car and for many other purposes.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on January 28, 2016  
  3. sponge

    Is a type of multicellular aquatic organism.

    Sponge are divided into classes mainly according to the composition of their skeleton.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on January 28, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sponge in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sponge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of sponge in a Sentence

  1. Rajveer Purohit:

    It's a unique tissue that's only present in the penis, when you get an erection, blood flows into the corpus cavernosa, and it fills up like a sponge.

  2. Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

    This race is never grateful: from the first, One fills their cup at supper with pure wine, Which back they give at cross-time on a sponge, In bitter vinegar.

  3. Simon Allen:

    Foraging with a sponge is a time-consuming and largely solitary activity so it was long thought incompatible with the needs of male dolphins in Shark Bay - to invest time in forming close alliances with other males.

  4. Paul Dawson:

    Raw meat carries bacteria and then if you throw it on the cutting board and use a towel or sponge to dry that off, it could pick that up, cutting boards and table tops used for food prep are of concern and need to be cleaned regularly and dried.

  5. Joseph Rickaby:

    A great preservative against angry and mutinous thoughts, and all impatience and quarreling, is to have some great business and interest in your mind, which, like a sponge shall suck up your attention and keep you from brooding over what displeases you.

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