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sponge

noun (n)

  • a porous mass of interlacing fibers that forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used (noun.substance)
    source: wordnet30
  • someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily (noun.person)
    Synonym: quick study
    Example:
    She soaks up foreign languages like a sponge.
    source: wordnet30
  • a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage (noun.person)
    Synonym: leech, parasite, sponger
    source: wordnet30
  • primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies (noun.animal)
    Synonym: parazoan, poriferan
    source: wordnet30
  • Any one of numerous species of Spongiæ, or Porifera. See Illust. and Note under Spongiæ. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • ask for and get free; be a parasite (verb.possession)
    Synonym: bum, cadge, grub, mooch
    source: wordnet30
  • erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • soak up with a sponge (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • gather sponges, in the ocean (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • To cleanse or wipe with a sponge; as, to sponge a slate or a cannon; to wet with a sponge; as, to sponge cloth. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To suck in, or imbile, as a sponge. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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