What does sponge mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spongenoun

    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, spongenoun

    someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily

    "she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge"

  3. leech, parasite, sponge, spongernoun

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

  4. sponge, poriferan, parazoanverb

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

  5. spongeverb

    wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten

  6. mooch, bum, cadge, grub, spongeverb

    ask for and get free; be a parasite

  7. spongeverb

    erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard

  8. spongeverb

    soak up with a sponge

  9. spongeverb

    gather sponges, in the ocean


  1. spongenoun

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

  2. spongenoun

    A piece of porous material used for washing (originally made from the invertebrates, now often made of plastic).

  3. spongenoun

    A porous material such as sponges consist of.

  4. spongenoun

    A heavy drinker.

  5. spongenoun

    A type of light cake; sponge cake.

  6. spongenoun

    A type of steamed pudding.

  7. spongenoun

    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. spongenoun

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

  9. spongeverb

    To take advantage of the kindness of others.

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

  10. spongeverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SPONGEnoun

    A soft porous substance supposed by some the nidus of animals. It is remarkable for sucking up water.

    Etymology: spongia, Latin.

    Sponges are gathered from the sides of rocks, being as a large but tough moss. Francis Bacon.

    They opened and washed part of their sponges. George Sandys.

    Great officers are like sponges: they suck ’till they are full, and, when they come once to be squeezed, their very heart’s blood come away. Roger L'Estrange.

  2. To Spongeverb

    To blot; to wipe away as with a sponge.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Except between the words of translation and the mind of Scripture itself there be contradiction, very little difference should not seem an intolerable blemish necessarily to be spunged out. Richard Hooker.

  3. To Spongeverb

    To suck in as a sponge; to gain by mean arts.

    The ant lives upon her own honesty; whereas the fly is an intruder, and a common smell-feast, that spunges upon other people’s trenchers. Roger L'Estrange.

    Here wont the dean, when he’s to seek,
    To spunge a breakfast once a week. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Sponge

    Sponges, the members of the phylum Porifera (; meaning 'pore bearer'), are a basal animal clade as a sister of the diploblasts. They are multicellular organisms that have bodies full of pores and channels allowing water to circulate through them, consisting of jelly-like mesohyl sandwiched between two thin layers of cells. Sponges have unspecialized cells that can transform into other types and that often migrate between the main cell layers and the mesohyl in the process. Sponges do not have nervous, digestive or circulatory systems. Instead, most rely on maintaining a constant water flow through their bodies to obtain food and oxygen and to remove wastes. Sponges were first to branch off the evolutionary tree from the last common ancestor of all animals, making them the sister group of all other animals.


  1. sponge

    A sponge is a porous material primarily used for cleaning or absorbing purposes. It can refer to a variety of objects, including a type of multicellular marine animal that filters nutrients from the water, a type of artificial cleaning tool made from cellulose or other materials, or a light cake or dessert made from flour, sugar, and eggs. The term can also describe an individual who takes or absorbs something generously or excessively.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spongenoun

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

  2. Spongenoun

    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. Spongenoun

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

  4. Spongenoun

    any spongelike substance

  5. Spongenoun

    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. Spongenoun

    iron from the puddling furnace, in a pasty condition

  7. Spongenoun

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

  8. Spongenoun

    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. Spongenoun

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

  10. Spongeverb

    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. Spongeverb

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

  12. Spongeverb

    fig.: To deprive of something by imposition

  13. Spongeverb

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

  14. Spongeverb

    to suck in, or imbile, as a sponge

  15. Spongeverb

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

  16. Spongeverb

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

  17. Etymology: [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 material and product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles.

    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 MaryC on January 28, 2016  

  2. sponge

    Is a type of aquatic organism.

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

    Submitted by MaryC 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. 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.

  3. Paul Millsap:

    Hes a sponge, he picks it up. He sees how people are playing him and guarding him and he makes the right play every time. Thats whats great about him he doesnt force anything. Everything is going to be the right play. Hes going to make the right reads. Hes like a quarterback out there.

  4. Laurent Simons:

    They told us Laurent Simons is like a sponge.

  5. Patrick Guerra:

    Cotton traps moisture like a sponge. But silk is breathable. Its thinner than cotton and dries really fast, the ongoing hypothesis is that coronavirus is transmitted through respiratory droplets.

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