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  •  Soft, and full of cavities; of an open, loose, pliable texture; as, a spongy excrescence; spongy earth; spongy cake; spongy bones.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Wet; drenched; soaked and soft, like sponge; rainy.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Having the quality of imbibing fluids, like a sponge.  [1913 Webster]
Spongy lead (Chem.), sponge lead. See under Sponge. -- Spongy platinum. See under Platinum.


spongy, adj. (spongier, spongiest)
1 like a sponge, esp. in being porous, compressible, elastic, or absorbent.
2 (of metal) finely divided and loosely coherent.

spongily adv. sponginess n.



absorbent, adsorbent, assimilative, baccate, bibulous, blotting, chemisorptive, chemosorptive, cribriform, digestive, doughy, edematous, endosmotic, exosmotic, flabby, fleshy, imbibitory, leachy, macerated, masticated, medullary, mushy, osmotic, pappy, pasty, percolating, pithy, porose, porous, pulpal, pulpar, pulped, pulplike, pulpy, puppy, quaggy, resorbent, sievelike, soaking, soft, sorbent, spongelike, spongeous, squashy, squelchy, squishy, succulent, thirsty, yielding




N sponge, honeycomb, network, frit, filter, sieve, net, screen (opening), cellular, spongy, spongious, honeycombed, alveolar, sintered, porous (opening).


N rarity, tenuity, absence of solidity, subtility, subtilty, subtlety, sponginess, compressibility, rarefaction, expansion, dilatation, inflation, subtilization, vaporization, evaporation, diffusion, gassification, ether, rare, subtile, thin, fine, tenuous, compressible, flimsy, slight, light, cavernous, spongy, rarefied, unsubstantial, uncompact, incompressed, rarefiable.


N softness, pliableness, flexibility, pliancy, pliability, sequacity, malleability, ductility, tractility, extendibility, extensibility, plasticity, inelasticity, flaccidity, laxity, penetrability, clay, wax, butter, dough, pudding, alumina, argil, cushion, pillow, feather bed, down, padding, wadding, foam, mollification, softening, soft, tender, supple, pliant, pliable, flexible, flexile, lithe, lithesome, lissom, limber, plastic, ductile, tractile, tractable, malleable, extensile, sequacious, inelastic, aluminous, remollient, yielding, flabby, limp, flimsy, doughy, spongy, penetrable, foamy, cushiony, flaccid, flocculent, downy, edematous, oedematous, medullary, argillaceous, mellow, soft as butter, soft as down, soft as silk, yielding as wax, tender as chicken.

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