Definitions

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  • adjective Like a sponge; spongy.

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

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

Etymologies

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sponge +‎ -like

Examples

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

    LOVE OF LIFE

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

    LOVE OF LIFE

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • It is heavier and wetter, spongelike and unwieldy.

    If I Am Missing or Dead

  • It is heavier and wetter, spongelike and unwieldy.

    If I Am Missing or Dead

  • 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

  • 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"

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