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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun sponge:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb sponge:

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Definition of the noun sponge

What does sponge mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: sponges

  1. 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. someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily
    • example: she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of sponge: quick study
    • more generic words: assimilator / learner / scholar = someone (especially a child) who learns (as from a teacher) or takes up knowledge or beliefs
  3. a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
  4. primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • synonyms of sponge: parazoan / poriferan
    • more generic word: invertebrate = any animal lacking a backbone or notochord
    • more specific term: glass sponge = a siliceous sponge (with glassy spicules) of the class Hyalospongiae
    • member of: phylum Porifera / Porifera = coextensive with the subkingdom Parazoa: sponges

Alternative definition of the noun sponge


  1. [countable] Any of various marine invertebrates, mostly of the phylum Porifera, that have a porous skeleton often of silica.
  2. [countable] A piece of porous material used for washing (originally made from the invertebrates, now often made of plastic).
  3. [uncountable] A porous material such as sponges consist of.
  4. [informal] A heavy drinker.
  5. [countable, uncountable] A type of light cake; sponge cake.
  6. [countable, uncountable, British] A type of steamed pudding.
  7. [slang] 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. [countable] A form of contraception that is inserted vaginally; a contraceptive sponge.

Specialised definition of the noun sponge

Glossary of sports / table tennis

a thin layer of sponge rubber attached between the rubber sheet and the blade to increase speed and spin

Definition of the verb sponge

What does sponge mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sponged | sponging | sponges

  1. wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb]Carla was vacuuming
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Source]Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walk
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Source] [Adjective]Carla shoveled the walk clean
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Oblique]Carla mopped under the furniture

      Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): file, filter, hoover, iron, plough, sandpaper, towel.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: pass over / wipe = rub with a circular motion
  2. ask for and get free; be a parasite
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of sponge: bum / cadge / grub / mooch
    • more generic word: obtain = come into possession of
    • more specific word: freeload = live off somebody's generosity
  3. erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
  4. soak up with a sponge
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: mop / mop up / wipe up = to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop
  5. gather sponges, in the ocean

Alternative definition of the verb sponge


  1. [slang] To take advantage of the kindness of others.
  2. To clean, soak up, or dab with a sponge.

Phrases with Sponge

Phrases starting with the word Sponge:

  1. sponge on
  2. sponge up
  3. sponge bag
  4. sponge mop
  5. sponge off
  6. Sponge Out
  7. sponge bath
  8. sponge cake
  9. sponge down
  10. Sponge Goby
  11. Sponge Roll
  12. Sponge Slug
  13. sponge cloth
  14. Sponge Crabs
  15. sponge genus
  16. sponge gourd

Phrases ending with the word Sponge:

  1. Wire Sponge
  2. glass sponge
  3. Glove Sponge
  4. Grass Sponge

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sponge

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Google previewThe London Medical and Physical Journal (1827)

Sponge is the best substance that can be employed for arresting hemorrhage on this principle: it is easily introduced, swells...

Google previewClinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility (2011)

by Marc A. Fritz, Leon Speroff

The vaginal contraceptive sponge is a sustained-release system for a spermicide . The sponge also absorbs semen and blocks the entrance to the cervical canal. The “Today” sponge is a dimpled polyurethane disc impregnated with 1 g of ...

Google previewFractals and Universal Spaces in Dimension Theory (2008)

by Stephen Lipscomb

viewpoint, Menger's sponge is the 3- space generalization of Sierpinski's carpet in 2-space, which in turn is a generalization of Cantor's set in 1-space. In detail, the Cantor set may be viewed as the ...

Google previewA therapeutic arrangement and syllabus of materia medica (1835)

by James Johnstone

— Spongia, Sponge. Analysis §. — Animal matter; chloride of sodium; iodine, in combination with a metal or earth ; phosphorus ; lime ; magnesia ; silex ; iron ; beomine. Medicinal properties. — Burnt sponge is a secretory stimulant.

Google previewMayes' Midwifery (2011)

A Textbook for Midwives by Sue Macdonald

The contraceptive sponge – Today Sponge® The contraceptive sponge is a small, one-size, soft, ...

Google previewThe Art of Oil Painting (2003)

Discover all the techniques you need to know to create beautiful oil paintings by Walter Foster Creative Team

Sponge A sponge is a simple texturizing ...

Google previewVisceral Vascular Manipulations (2011)

by Jean-Pierre Barral, Alain Croibier

A sponge is the best image to keep in mind. Picture it longer than it is wide; shorten it and allow it gradually to regain its original form. The pancreas passes like a bridge over the lumbar spine, presenting a concavity posteriorly. Respect this ...

Google previewTeaching Students to Dig Deeper (2013)

The Common Core in Action by Benjamin Johnson

The sponge is a tried and true instructional strategy that serves multiple purposes . It is called a sponge becauseitsoaks upthewasted time atthe beginningofaclass whilethe teacher takesroll orpasses back papers. Some callita bellringer; others ...

Google previewThe Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies (2017)

by Thomas M. Leitch

Perhaps a sponge is a more accurate metaphor. Despite its ...

Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of Animal Kingdom - Animal Kingdom (2012)

sponge. Porous multicell organism, mostly marine (currently about 5,000 species ); it anchors itself to a support and filters water to take in food particles. calcareous sponge Marine sponge with a skeleton composed of small calcareous needles ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

by Various

Sponge, spunj,n.a fixed, usually marine, animal withpores in the bodywalland without tentacles: the fibrous framework of such, remarkable for its power of sucking up water: any sponge like ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1987)

Volume 27 - Hydrogen Cyanide to Ketones Dimethyl (Acetone) by John J. McKetta Jr

Two of the most frequently used methods are the iron sponge and molecular sieve processes. Iron Sponge The iron sponge process is ...

Google previewWinston's Cumulative Loose-leaf Encyclopedia (1922)

A Comprehensive Reference Work by Thomas Edward Finegan

Sponge Sponsor an internal supporting framework or skeleton, and a soft gelatinous investing substance called sarcodc, or ' flesh.' The framework consists of horny, reticulated, elastic fibers, which interlace in every direction, strengthened by ...

Google previewEncyclopedia and Handbook of Materials, Parts and Finishes, Third Edition (2016)

by Mel Schwartz

The prepared sponge is an elastic, fibrous structure chemically allied to silk. It has sievelike membranes with small pores leading into pearshaped chambers. The best sponges are spheroidal, regular, and soft. Commercial sponges for the U.S. ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

Spongia DICHOTOMA, dichotomeus or forked sponge, is stiff, branched, with round, upright, elastic branches, covered with minute hrori". It is found on the coast of "Norway, and aiso according to Berkenhout, on the Cornish and Yorkshire ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Jewish Food (2010)

by Gil Marks

Originally, European sponge cakes were baked inatinhoopplacedon a parchmentpaper—lined baking sheet.Thenextstep was aTurk'sCap, alarge, glazed, bowlshapedterracotta mold withacentraltube, akin to a Bundtpan. Thescalloped ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Imaging (2008)

by Albert L. Baert

While medullary sponge kidney has been described in patients of all ages, it is most often encountered in patients in the third and fourth decades of life (1-3). A few cases have suggested a hereditary pattern with abnormalities documented in ...

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Quotes about Sponge

Hamlet: Besides, to be demanded of a sponge! what / replication should be made by the son of a king? (William Shakespeare)
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Scrabble value of S1P3O1N1G2E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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