Definitions

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  • adj. Like a sponge; spongy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility
  • adj. like a sponge in being able to absorb liquids and yield it back when compressed

Etymologies

sponge +‎ -like (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The bottom of the valley was soggy with water, which the thick moss held, spongelike, close to the surface.

    LOVE OF LIFE

  • But critics say the dam can't prevent most flooding anyway because the biggest problem is caused by deforestation, erosion and loss of wetlands that act as a natural spongelike buffer along river banks.

    China Rains Test Dam's Ability to Control Floods

  • Next, the scrambled eggs, which had spongelike mounds of torn-up, dry bread soaking in them already, was poured straight in.

    Flowering Broccoli & Stale Bread Frittata

  • In these profound concluding moments of the life of one so great, one left on Earth is also made liquid, open, and vulnerable—lines softened and spongelike so that everything said, done, smelled, or sensed leaves a deep track.

    When Animals Speak

  • Crisp — the wonton crust crumbles in my mouth like a potato chip; crunch, its crumbs mixes in with the savory, spongelike egg filling, crackling with each turn of my jaw.

    Crispy Mini Quiches

  • When it hits the ceiling, it meets a grid of spongelike diffusers that spread the music back over the audience with an almost golden quality.

    WYNTON MARSALIS AND THE TEMPLE OF JAZZ

  • It is heavier and wetter, spongelike and unwieldy.

    If I Am Missing or Dead

  • As I pick up the sheet of stamps, the caterpillar advances around and around the edge, and I see his feet: three pairs under the head, four spongelike pairs under the middle body, and two final pairs at the tip, pink as a puppy's hind legs.

    "A Caterpillar on the Desk"

  • The result is a brown, brittle, spongelike bean, with the holes in the sponge filled with carbon dioxide.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • The parents scolded and swore at them peevishly, and beat their spongelike bodies, soaked with liquor; then more or less systematically put them to bed, in order to rouse them to work early next morning, when the bellow of the whistle should sullenly course through the air.

    Mother

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