- of the nature of or resembling a sponge; light, porous, and elastic or readily compressible, as pith or bread.
- having the absorbent characteristics of a sponge; absorbing or holding liquid or yielding liquid when pressed.
- of or relating to a sponge.
- lacking in firmness or solidity: spongy wood; a spongy feeling from the car brakes.
- moist and soft; soggy: spongy ground.
- porous but hard, as bone.
Origin of spongy
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Examples from the Web for spongy
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But last fall it seemed as if the spongy, sickly-sweet confections would disappear from the face of the earth.Twinkies Are Coming Back: The Metropoulos Brothers on the Brand
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The tenderloin is rare when soft and spongy, and it becomes firmer as it reaches medium to well done.The Maori Star Chef Rocking the South Pacific
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The loaves will be found to rise well in the oven, to be more light and spongy, and also whiter than bread in the common way.
The stem is shorter than the diameter of the cap, smooth, white, and solid or spongy.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
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(g) The spongy lead may be bulged, or the positives may be buckled.
Wood soft, that of the roots light and spongy and used for corks.Trees of the Northern United States
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This is due to the action between the spongy lead and the electrolyte.
- of or resembling a sponge, esp in texture, porosity, elasticity, or compressibilityspongy bread; spongy bone
- of or like a sponge in respect of its capacity to absorb fluid and yield it when compressed
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Word Origin and History for spongy
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Resembling a sponge in appearance, elasticity, or porosity.
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