Definition of sponge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//spʌndʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spʌndʒ//
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  1. 1[countable] a piece of artificial or natural material that is soft and light and full of holes and can hold water easily, used for washing or cleaning a bath sponge (= to wash your body with in the bath) (figurative) His mind was like a sponge, ready to absorb anything. Wipe the surface with a damp sponge.
  2. 2[uncountable] artificial sponge used for filling furniture, cushions, etc.
  3. 3 [countable] a simple sea creature with a light body full of holes, from which natural sponge is obtained See related entries: Invertebrates
  4. 4 [countable, uncountable] (British English) = sponge cake a chocolate sponge
  5. Word OriginOld English (in sense 1 of the noun), via Latin from Greek spongia, later form of spongos, reinforced in Middle English by Old French esponge.
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