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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of sponge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Specifically, in ceramics, decorated with designs transferred to the ware by means of a piece of sponge cut in a pattern and dipped into the coloring preparation.


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  • Now and then she was successful in defying pain; but by some odd revenge of nature, what she learned in such circumstances was afterward wiped as completely from her memory as an old sum is sponged from a slate.

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  • While taking his customary siesta one afternoon, a wild young fellow -- one of his noble poor relations, who "sponged" at the castle -- happened to pass along a corridor outside of the very hall where his Highness was snoring.

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  • Mrs Martin was a widow and a washerwoman, and had a ne'er-do-well brother, a fisherman, who frequently "sponged" upon her.

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  • He has a smell like my mom's spice rack that hasn't been sponged for ages.


  • At the factory, massive steel beams carry colorful sponged writing.

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  • He sponged up meanings for finesse, rubber and dummy.

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  • Using a damp cloth, I carefully sponged the days-old sweat from her body while Blood Thorn sat to one side, a beautifully carved trencher in his lap, spooning food to her by the bite.

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  • His heated body was sponged with water, doused with it, and bottles were turned mouth-downward on his head.

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  • With wide-open mouth he was breathing the towel-driven air furnished by two of the seconds, while listening to the counsel of still another second who talked with low voice in his ear and at the same time sponged off his face, shoulders, and chest.

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  • Anyway, I carefuly sponged off the sticky parts and also washed the rubber membrane under the keyboard in warm water with dishwashing detergent.

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