spongy

adjective
\ ˈspən-jē How to pronounce spongy (audio) \
spongier; spongiest

Definition of spongy

1 : resembling a sponge:
a : soft and full of cavities spongy ice
b : elastic, porous, and absorbent
2a : not firm or solid
b : being in the form of a metallic sponge spongy iron
3 : moist and soft like a sponge full of water a spongy moor

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sponginess noun

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Examples of spongy in a Sentence

spongy moss covered the ground generously pour the brandy over the cake, which is so spongy that it will absorb most of the liquid
Recent Examples on the Web The goal is a spongy elasticity that can absorb all that life throws at a body, even that of an aging quarterback. New York Times, "Through Genetics, Luck or ‘Prehab,’ Tom Brady Endures at 43," 7 Feb. 2021 Vehicles crushed vegetation in the spongy, damp tundra, allowing water to pool and melting sections of the underlying permafrost, causing parts of the land to sink. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Plan to map oil in Alaska’s Arctic refuge ignores environmental risks, critics say," 21 Dec. 2020 In these ecosystems, peat builds up as spongy dark soil that’s sometimes referred to as sod or turf. Julie Loisel, The Conversation, "Peatlands keep a lot of carbon out of Earth’s atmosphere, but that could end with warming and development," 7 Dec. 2020 Slightly spongy, which can help reduce noise when moving around. Bob Beacham, chicagotribune.com, "The best camouflage hunting tape," 19 Dec. 2020 Teff are tiny seeds that originated in the Horn of Africa and are the foundational ingredient for injera, the tangy, spongy bread that many Ethiopian dishes are served on and eaten with. Washington Post, "The pandemic has made sourdough trendy. Is this Ethiopian grain next?," 7 Dec. 2020 Fortunately, the Hatsan FlashPup SYN Quiet Energy lacks the spongy trigger pull present on many centerfire bullpups. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Air Rifles for Hunting Squirrels," 4 Dec. 2020 And, given its spongy properties, this substance might just prove useful for ocean cleanups or biomedical purposes. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Science on the half shell: Mussels yield new material," 10 Nov. 2020 Squish bread mixture with hands into casserole dish until spongy. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "This year, add something new to your Thanksgiving feast with these reader-submitted recipes," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of spongy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Feb 2021

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“Spongy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spongy. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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spongy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of spongy

: soft and full of holes or water : resembling a sponge

spongy

adjective
\ ˈspən-jē How to pronounce spongy (audio) \
spongier; spongiest

Kids Definition of spongy

: springy and absorbent spongy ground

spongy

adjective
\ ˈspən-jē How to pronounce spongy (audio) \
spongier; spongiest

Medical Definition of spongy

: resembling a sponge especially : full of cavities : cancellous spongy bone

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sponginess noun

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