|1.||any multicellular typically marine animal of the phylum Porifera, usually occurring in complex sessile colonies in which the porous body is supported by a fibrous, calcareous, or siliceous skeletal framework|
|2.||See also spongin a piece of the light porous highly absorbent elastic skeleton of certain sponges, used in bathing, cleaning, etc|
|3.||any of a number of light porous elastic materials resembling a sponge|
|4.||another word for sponger|
|5.||informal a person who indulges in heavy drinking|
|6.||leavened dough, esp before kneading|
|7.||See sponge cake|
|8.||(Brit) Also called: sponge pudding a light steamed or baked pudding, spongy in texture, made with various flavourings or fruit|
|9.||porous metal produced by electrolysis or by reducing a metal compound without fusion or sintering and capable of absorbing large quantities of gas: platinum sponge|
|10.||a rub with a sponge|
|11.||throw in the sponge See throw in|
|—vb (when tr, |
|14.||to absorb (liquids, esp when spilt) in the manner of a sponge|
|15.||to get (something) from (someone) by presuming on his generosity: to sponge a meal off someone|
|17.||(intr) to go collecting sponges|
|[Old English, from Latin spongia, from Greek]|
Any of numerous aquatic invertebrate animals of the phylum Porifera.
The light, fibrous, absorbent skeleton of certain of these organisms.
A piece of absorbent porous material, such as cellulose, plastic, or rubber, used especially for washing and cleaning.
A gauze pad used to absorb blood and other fluids, as in surgery or in dressing a wound.
A contraceptive sponge.
|sponge (spŭnj) Pronunciation Key
occurs only in the narrative of the crucifixion (Matt. 27:48; Mark 15:36; John 19:29). It is ranked as a zoophyte. It is found attached to rocks at the bottom of the sea.
Also, sponge off. Impose on another's hospitality or generosity, as in He's been sponging on relatives for the past year. This expression uses sponge in the sense of "to soak up something." [Late 1600s]