from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Resembling a sponge in elasticity, absorbency, or porousness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having the characteristics of a sponge, namely being absorbent, squishy or porous
  • adj. Wet; drenched; soaked and soft, like sponge; rainy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Soft, and full of cavities; of an open, loose, pliable texture
  • adj. Wet; drenched; soaked and soft, like sponge; rainy.
  • adj. Having the quality of imbibing fluids, like a sponge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature or character of a sponge; spongiform or spongoid.
  • Resembling a sponge in certain particulars; soft or elastic and porous; of open, loose, compressible texture, like a bath-sponge; punky, pithy, or soft-grained, as wood; boggy or soggy, as soil; absorbent; imbibitive. See cuts under cellular and cystolith.
  • As it were soaked with drink; drunken.
  • Moist; wet; rainy.
  • In bookbinding, having a certain looseness or softness, which arises from irregularities in type impressions which have not been beaten out.

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

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


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