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Sponge

Pronunciation: spŭnjd
n.1.(Zool.) Any one of numerous species of Spongiæ, or Porifera. See Illust. and Note under Spongiæ.
2.The elastic fibrous skeleton of many species of horny Spongiæ (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.One who lives upon others; a pertinacious and indolent dependent; a parasite; a sponger.
4.Any spongelike substance.
5.(Gun.) 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.
6.(Far.) The extremity, or point, of a horseshoe, answering to the heel.
Bath sponge
any one of several varieties of coarse commercial sponges, especially Spongia equina.
Cup sponge
a toilet sponge growing in a cup-shaped form.
Glass sponge
See Glass-sponge, in the Vocabulary.
Glove sponge
a variety of commercial sponge (Spongia officinalis, variety tubulifera), having very fine fibers, native of Florida, and the West Indies.
Grass sponge
any one of several varieties of coarse commercial sponges having the surface irregularly tufted, as Spongia graminea, and S. equina, variety cerebriformis, of Florida and the West Indies.
Horse sponge
a coarse commercial sponge, especially Spongia equina.
Platinum sponge
(Chem.) See under Platinum.
Pyrotechnical sponge
a substance made of mushrooms or fungi, which are boiled in water, dried, and beaten, then put in a strong lye prepared with saltpeter, and again dried in an oven. This makes the black match, or tinder, brought from Germany.
Sheep's-wool sponge
a fine and durable commercial sponge (Spongia equina, variety gossypina) found in Florida and the West Indies. The surface is covered with larger and smaller tufts, having the oscula between them.
Sponge cake
a kind of sweet cake which is light and spongy.
Sponge lead
(Chem.) metallic lead brought to a spongy form by reduction of lead salts, or by compressing finely divided lead; - used in secondary batteries and otherwise.
Sponge tree
(Bot.) a tropical leguminous tree (Acacia Farnesiana), with deliciously fragrant flowers, which are used in perfumery.
Toilet sponge
a very fine and superior variety of Mediterranean sponge (Spongia officinalis, variety Mediterranea); - called also Turkish sponge.
To set a sponge
(Cookery) to leaven a small mass of flour, to be used in leavening a larger quantity.
To throw up the sponge
to give up a contest; to acknowledge defeat; - from a custom of the prize ring, the person employed to sponge a pugilist between rounds throwing his sponge in the air in token of defeat; - now, throw in the towel is more common, and has the same origin and meaning.
Vegetable sponge
(Bot.) See Loof.
- Lowell.
Velvet sponge
a fine, soft commercial sponge (Spongia equina, variety meandriniformis) found in Florida and the West Indies.
Vitreous sponge
See Glass-sponge.
Yellow sponge
a common and valuable commercial sponge (Spongia agaricina, variety corlosia) found in Florida and the West Indies.
v. t.1.To cleanse or wipe with a sponge; as, to sponge a slate or a cannon; to wet with a sponge; as, to sponge cloth.
[imp. & p. p. Sponged (spŭnjd); p. pr. & vb. n. Sponging (spŭn"jĭng).]
2.To wipe out with a sponge, as letters or writing; to efface; to destroy all trace of.
3.Fig.: To deprive of something by imposition.
4.Fig.: To get by imposition or mean arts without cost; as, to sponge a breakfast.
v. i.1.To suck in, or imbibe, as a sponge.
2.Fig.: To gain by mean arts, by intrusion, or hanging on; as, an idler sponges on his neighbor.
3.To be converted, as dough, into a light, spongy mass by the agency of yeast, or leaven.
Noun1.sponge - a porous mass of interlacing fibers the forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used
2.sponge - someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily; "she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge"
Synonyms: quick study
3.sponge - a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
Synonyms: leech, parasite, sponger
4.sponge - primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
Synonyms: parazoan, poriferan
Verb1.sponge - wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten
2.sponge - ask for and get free; be a parasite
Synonyms: bum, cadge, grub, mooch
3.sponge - erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
4.sponge - soak up with a sponge
5.sponge - gather sponges, in the ocean
sponge - A special case of a Unix 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 file 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.
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Spoliatory
Spoliatus debet ante omnia restitui
Spondaic
spondaise
spondaize
Spondee
Spondet peritiam artis
Spondias
Spondias mombin
Spondias purpurea
Spondulics
Spondyl
spondylarthritis
spondylitis
spondylolisthesis
Spong
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sponge bag
sponge bath
sponge cake
sponge cloth
sponge down
sponge genus
sponge gourd
Sponge lead
sponge mop
sponge morel
sponge mushroom
sponge off
sponge on
Sponge tree
sponge up
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