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
quick study, sponge(noun)
someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily
"she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge"
leech, parasite, sponge, sponger(noun)
a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
sponge, poriferan, parazoan(verb)
primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten
mooch, bum, cadge, grub, sponge(verb)
ask for and get free; be a parasite
loaf, shnorr, arse around, cadge, frig around, schnorr, lounge around, arse about, waste one's time, loll around, bum around, scrounge, bum, lounge about, sponge, grub, loll, mooch, bum about
erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
soak up with a sponge
gather sponges, in the ocean
sponge(noun)To take advantage of the kindness of others.
sponge(noun)To clean, soak up, or dab with a sponge.
sponge(noun)A type of light cake; sponge cake.
sponge(noun)A type of steamed pudding.
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).
English Synonyms and Antonyms
To clean is to make clean by removing dirt, impurities, or soil of any kind. Cleanse implies a worse condition to start from, and more to do, than clean. Hercules cleansed the Augean stables. Cleanse is especially applied to purifying processes where liquid is used, as in the flushing of a street, etc. We brush clothing if dusty, sponge it, or sponge it off, if soiled; or sponge off a spot. Furniture, books, etc., are dusted; floors are mopped or scrubbed; metallic utensils are scoured; a room is swept; soiled garments are washed; foul air or water is purified. Cleanse and purify are used extensively in a moral sense; wash in that sense is archaic. Compare AMEND.
Cleanse of or from physical or moral defilement; cleanse with an instrument; by an agent; the room was cleansed by the attendants with soap and water.
Dictionary of English Synonymes
Translations for sponge
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- اسفنج, سفنجArabic
- гъба, сюнгерBulgarian
- esponja, esponjarCatalan, Valencian
- houba, houbovec, mořská houbaCzech
- Schwamm, Schnorrer, schnorrenGerman
- σφουγγάρι, σφογγίζωGreek
- gorrón, esponja, cafiche, cafichear, gorronearSpanish
- käsn, pesukäsnEstonian
- pesusieni, siipeilijä, sienieläin, sieni, puhdistaa, siipeilläFinnish
- ivrogne, soulard, éponge, épongerFrench
- ספוג, ספגHebrew
- szivacs, szivacsanyagHungarian
- 海綿, スポンジJapanese
- 해면, 스펀지, 갯솜Korean
- pintis, durlė, kempinėLithuanian
- kōtare, muremure, kōtaretare, kōpūpūtai, pūngorungoru, kaimātai, kaipaokeMāori
- táłtłʼááh yilcháazhii, tó yitsʼǫǫsíNavajo, Navaho
- سپنجPashto, Pushto
- burete, spongieRomanian
- губка, мочалкаRussian
- спужва, spužva, сунђер, sunđerSerbo-Croatian
- svamp, snyltaSwedish
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