Definition of Spongy

1. Adjective. Easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility. "Spongy bread"

Exact synonyms: Spongelike, Squashy, Squishy
Similar to: Soft
Derivative terms: Sponge, Sponginess, Sponginess

2. Adjective. Like a sponge in being able to absorb liquids and yield it back when compressed.
Exact synonyms: Spongelike
Similar to: Absorbent, Absorptive
Derivative terms: Sponge, Sponginess

Definition of Spongy

1. a. Soft, and full of cavities; of an open, loose, pliable texture; as, a spongy excrescence; spongy earth; spongy cake; spongy bones.

Definition of Spongy

1. Adjective. having the characteristics of a sponge, namely being absorbent, squishy or porous ¹

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Definition of Spongy

1. resembling a sponge [adj SPONGIER, SPONGIEST]

Medical Definition of Spongy

1. 1. Soft, and full of cavities; of an open, loose, pliable texture; as, a spongy excrescence; spongy earth; spongy cake; spongy bones. 2. Wet; drenched; soaked and soft, like sponge; rainy. "Spongy April." 3. Having the quality of imbibing fluids, like a sponge. Spongy lead, sponge lead. See Sponge. Spongy platinum. See Platinum. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spongy

spongy (current term)
spongy bone
spongy degeneration
spongy degeneration of infancy
spongy parenchyma
spongy part of the male urethra
spongy spot
spongy substance
spongy urethra

Literary usage of Spongy

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1. The Natural History of Plants: Their Forms, Growth, Reproduction, and by Anton Kerner von Marilaun (1902)
"This spongy tissue is the proper place for transpiration. ... Since the spongy parenchyma in the leaves described does not lie freely exposed, ..."

2. Appletons' Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events (1875)
"This result was to be expected from the well-known fact that lead salts are precipitated by metallic iron, and that spongy iron is a much more energetic ..."

3. Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Samuel Thurber (1896)
"His spongy officers. Recall Portia's description of the "young German," Mer. of Ven. i, 2. 77. The word other is frequently used by the poet in ways now ..."

4. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1840)
"spongy platina combines with selenium, with the evolution of much heat; it is a grey powder, which by exposure to heat and air is decomposed, ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Chenot'» attempt» to produce steel from the reduced spongy iron ... separates the spongy metal by a magnet, and fuse« it with spiegeleisen in crucibles), ..."

6. Transactions of the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science by G. W. Hastings, Andr. Edgar, Edw. Pears, Ch. W. Ryalls (1872)
"The -writer proposed applying the same principle to ships. A paper was contributed "On the Purification of Water and Sewage by spongy Iron," by ..."

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