• WordNet 3.6
    • adj spongy like a sponge in being able to absorb liquids and yield it back when compressed
    • adj spongy easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility "spongy bread"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spongy Having the quality of imbibing fluids, like a sponge.
    • Spongy Soft, and full of cavities; of an open, loose, pliable texture; as, a spongy excrescence; spongy earth; spongy cake; spongy bones.
    • Spongy Wet; drenched; soaked and soft, like sponge; rainy. "Spongy April."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spongy Of the nature or character of a sponge; spongiform or spongoid.
    • spongy Resembling a sponge in certain particulars; soft or elastic and porous; of open, loose, compressible texture, like a bath-sponge; punky, pithy, or soft-grained, as wood; boggy or soggy, as soil; absorbent; imbibitive. See cuts under cellular and cystolith.
    • spongy As it were soaked with drink; drunken.
    • spongy Moist; wet; rainy.
    • spongy In bookbinding, having a certain looseness or softness, which arises from irregularities in type impressions which have not been beaten out.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Spongy like a sponge, absorptive: of open texture, porous: wet and soft: drunken
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. esponge—L. spongia—Gr. sponggia.


In literature:

Faintly acid concentrated lead solutions give loose peroxide along with much spongy metallic lead.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 441, June 14, 1884." by Various
The stem afterward becomes open and spongy, owing to the drying of the gelatinous matter.
"Among the Mushrooms" by Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
The stomach has a soft, spongy appearance, and, when not distended, lies in folds.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The meadows were spongy with small springs, bubbling up under the faintly green grass.
"John Ward, Preacher" by Margaret Deland
The bones were spongy and soft.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
We could soak the spongy stuff on the outside with water and let it freeze, and build a hut out of it, too.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper
The ground was spongy with water.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
Gilbert trudged through this spongy support, all but losing his balance occasionally.
"Tom Slade's Double Dare" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The hummocks on which they went were light, spongy masses of greenery.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865" by Various
Rasco tried to run up the spongy incline and sank to his knees.
"The Boy Land Boomer" by Ralph Bonehill

In poetry:

Root met root in the spongy ground,
Searching each for food:
Each turned aside, and away it wound.
And each got something good.
"Lessons For A Child" by George MacDonald
"But now you are covered with bunions
And spongy and morbid and blue;
You bite in the night like an adder—
O say, what has happened to you?"
"Owed To Volstead" by Wallace Irwin
Seven years had gone, when Issa came again,
And offered this excuse for his delay,
"The soil is spongy all along this glen--
To have it settle I have stayed away.
"The Taj Of Agra" by Joseph Horatio Chant

In news:

Japan reported Asia's first suspected case of bovine spongi form encephalopathy (BSE) on Sept 10, prompting bans of Japanese beef from other countries in the region and a flood of calls from concerned consumers.
Spongy patent leather with leather straps, $995.
But like childhood itself, the spongy confection of egg whites, sugar and gelatin is often relegated to happy memory as the years progress.
Hydrologist Joe Messina pushes an aluminum tube straight down into the spongy springtime snow in a mountainside forest, crouches to read the markings on the side and calls out the depth: 28 inches.
Intense track-day sessions taxed the Shiver 's undersprung, overdamped suspension, the bike proving spongy in corners and jarring over rough pavement.
Spongy carbon 'nanotubes' can soak up oil during a spill.
Spongy carbon 'nanotubes' can soak up oil during a spill.
It imports a sponginess to the turf.
But is it?It took scientists eight long years and millions of dollars to sneak whole grains into that spongy, yeasty icon of US health-unconscious consumerism.
The notion of "no more Twinkies" set off a Twitter frenzy about the spongy yellow favorite.
Would you live in an old freezer with a spongy cork roof and hard concrete floors near a loud and very well-running train track.
The Insider weighs in saying that although the Scarone's roll is an inch longer, the spongy Carangi is better for sandwich transport.
Spongy crust, tasteless toppings and stingy sauce, all served in a converted McDonald's.
A hallucinatory morning mist hangs over Western Lake, which is rimmed by long-stemmed sea oats set in the spongy banks and water lilies anchored just off the shore.
What would the world be like without the delicious, spongy cake with cream filling.