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spongy

[spuhn-jee] /ˈspʌn dʒi/
adjective, spongier, spongiest.
1.
of the nature of or resembling a sponge; light, porous, and elastic or readily compressible, as pith or bread.
2.
having the absorbent characteristics of a sponge; absorbing or holding liquid or yielding liquid when pressed.
3.
of or relating to a sponge.
4.
lacking in firmness or solidity:
spongy wood; a spongy feeling from the car brakes.
5.
moist and soft; soggy:
spongy ground.
6.
porous but hard, as bone.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; sponge + -y1
Related forms
spongily, adverb
sponginess, noun
unspongy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sponginess

spongy

/ˈspʌndʒɪ/
adjective -gier, -giest
1.
of or resembling a sponge, esp in texture, porosity, elasticity, or compressibility: spongy bread, spongy bone
2.
of or like a sponge in respect of its capacity to absorb fluid and yield it when compressed
Derived Forms
spongily, adverb
sponginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for sponginess

spongy

adj.

"soft, elastic," 1530s, from sponge (n.) + -y (2). Related: Sponginess.

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sponginess in Medicine

spongy spong·y (spŭn'jē)
adj.
Resembling a sponge in appearance, elasticity, or porosity.


spong'i·ness n.
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