Definitions of sponge

  1. To suck in, as a sponge; to hang on others for maintenance.
  2. To cleanse, wipe out, or dampen, with a sponge; obtain by mean methods without cost.
  3. To wipe with a sponge: to wipe out with a sponge: to wipe out completely: to destroy.
  4. To wipe with a sponge.
  5. To get at another's expense.
  6. To suck in like a sponge; live upon others.
  7. To suck in, as a sponge: to gain by mean tricks.
  8. To live as a parasite or hanger- on.
  9. gather sponges, in the ocean
  10. wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten
  11. soak up with a sponge
  12. erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
  13. To depend meanly on another.
  14. To wipe with a sponge; to wipe out or cleanse with a sponge; to wipe out completely.
  15. To wipe or cleanse with a sponge; to wipe out completely; to imbibe or suck in; to gain by mean arts; to harass by extortion.
  16. a follower who hangs around a host ( without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
  17. primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
  18. someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily; " she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge"
  19. Any one of numerous species of Spongiae, or Porifera. See Illust. and Note under Spongiae.
  20. The elastic fibrous skeleton of many species of horny Spongiae ( keratosa), used for many purposes, especially the varieties of the genus Spongia. The most valuable sponges are found in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, and on the coasts of Florida and the West Indies.
  21. One who lives upon others; a pertinaceous and indolent dependent; a parasite; a sponger.
  22. Any spongelike substance.
  23. Dough before it is kneaded and formed into loaves, and after it is converted into a light, spongy mass by the agency of the yeast or leaven.
  24. Iron from the puddling furnace, in a pasty condition.
  25. Iron ore, in masses, reduced but not melted or worked.
  26. A mop for cleaning the bore of a cannon after a discharge. It consists of a cylinder of wood, covered with sheepskin with the wool on, or cloth with a heavy looped nap, and having a handle, or staff.
  27. The extremity, or point, of a horseshoe, answering to the heel.
  28. To cleanse or wipe with a sponge; as, to sponge a slate or a cannon; to wet with a sponge; as, to sponge cloth.
  29. To wipe out with a sponge, as letters or writing; to efface; to destroy all trace of.
  30. Fig.: To deprive of something by imposition.
  31. Fig.: To get by imposition or mean arts without cost; as, to sponge a breakfast.
  32. To suck in, or imbile, as a sponge.
  33. Fig.: To gain by mean arts, by intrusion, or hanging on; as, an idler sponges on his neighbor.
  34. To be converted, as dough, into a light, spongy mass by the agency of yeast, or leaven.
  35. The porous, elastic skeleton of certain salt- water animals; the animal producing it; any substance resembling sponge, as raised dough; a mop for cleansing a gun after its discharge; a parasite, or one who lives upon others.
  36. Sponger.
  37. The porous framework of an animal, found attached to rocks, etc., under water, remarkable for its power of sucking up water: an instrument for cleaning cannon after a discharge: the heel of a horse's shoe.
  38. Porous frame work of a marine animal; instrument for cleaning cannon after firing; any porous substance.
  39. A fixed marine animal with porous body or its skeleton of elastic fibers.
  40. Leavened dough.
  41. One who lives at the expense of another.
  42. A porous substance of animal formation found adhering to rocks, & c., in water, remarkable for its imbibing properties; an instrument for cleaning cannon after a discharge; the extremity or point of a horse- shoe; a sponger; something like a sponge, as a mass of bread pulp under fermeutation.
  43. A well- known porous substance much used for domestic purposes, being the skeleton of marine protozoa; a soft sponge- like substance for cleaning and wiping, & c.; one who pertinaciously lives upon others; bakers dough before it is finally kneaded and shaped to be baked into bread.