1. [ verb ] wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten
Related terms: wipe
2. [ noun ] a porous mass of interlacing fibers the forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used
Related terms: absorbent_material
3. [ verb ] gather sponges, in the ocean
Related terms: gather
4. [ noun ] a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
Synonyms: minion parasite sponger leech
Related terms: follower mooch
5. [ verb ] soak up with a sponge
Related terms: wipe_up
6. [ verb ] erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
Related terms: erase
7. [ verb ] ask for and get free; be a parasite
Synonyms: bum grub cadge mooch
Related terms: obtain freeload idler leech moocher
8. [ noun ] (education) someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily
Synonyms: quick_study

"she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge"

Related terms: learner
9. [ noun ] (zoology) primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
Synonyms: parazoan poriferan
Related terms: invertebrate glass_sponge Porifera
Similar spelling:   sponger