Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being soft and porous, or spongy; porosity: said of various objects and substances not sponges.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being spongy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The property of being spongy.

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

  • noun the porosity of a sponge
  • noun the property of being able to occupy less space

Etymologies

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spongy +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Taken as a whole, the loaf should have a certain sponginess, which is known as its elasticity, and which is evidenced by the way in which the loaf acts when it is pressed slightly out of shape.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery Volume 1: Essentials of Cookery; Cereals; Bread; Hot Breads

  • Midway through the intense fire fight, resources were ordered to discontinue ventilation efforts because of the noticed "sponginess" of the roof.

    LAFD News & Information

  • Midway through the intense fire fight, resources were ordered to discontinue ventilation efforts because of the noticed "sponginess" of the roof.

    LAFD News & Information

  • Midway through the intense fire fight, resources were ordered to discontinue ventilation efforts because of the noticed "sponginess" of the roof.

    LAFD News & Information

  • Aloha suddenly became palpable and thus much more real — the odd sponginess of the cold wet earth, neither clayey nor sandy; the frail stringy resistance of the webby brown biofilms before he plucked them off his trouser legs or jacket sleeves.

    Archive 2010-02-01

  • The frozen vessels had lost their sponginess, no longer sprung back after she touched them.

    Casualty

  • The subtle flavor of olive oil is a nice surprise, as is the slight sponginess.

    The Food Matters Cookbook

  • Simon might be able to compensate for the sponginess of the breasts with skilful cooking but I couldn't.

    Fergus Henderson: My favourite cookbook

  • My skull can sense the ugly sponginess of my brain.

    Brooklyn Bridge

  • I remembered there's a long history of people in high-pressure jobs using stimulants when their brains lost their sponginess: Anthony Eden was taking Benzedrine all through the Suez Crisis, and Jean-Paul Sartre wrote several of his novels while pumped on mescaline.

    Johann Hari: My Experiment With Smart Drugs

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