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An example use of sponge in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… out of sponge soaks up the water the …”
meanings of sponge
A porous material such as sponges consist of.
Iron ore, in masses, reduced but not melted or worked.
The extremity, or point, of a horseshoe, corresponding to the heel.
A type of steamed pudding.
A type of light cake.
Any of various marine invertebrates, mostly of the phylum Porifera, that have a porous skeleton often of silica.
Iron from the puddling furnace, in a pasty condition.
A nuclear power plant worker routinely exposed to radiation.
A mop for cleaning the bore of a cannon after a discharge. It consists of a cylinder of wood, covered with sheepskin with the wool on, or cloth with a heavy looped nap, and having a handle, or staff.
Any sponge-like substance.
A form of contraception that is inserted vaginally; a contraceptive sponge.
A person who takes advantage of the generosity of others (abstractly imagined to absorb or soak up the money or efforts of others like a sponge).
Dough before it is kneaded and formed into loaves, and after it is converted into a light, spongy mass by the agency of the yeast or leaven.
A heavy drinker.
A piece of porous material used for washing (originally made from the invertebrates, now often made of plastic).
To deprive (somebody) of something by imposition.
To use a piece of wild sponge as a tool when foraging for food.
To get by imposition; to scrounge.
To clean, soak up, or dab with a sponge.
To be converted, as dough, into a light, spongy mass by the agency of yeast or leaven.
To take advantage of the kindness of others.
To wipe out with a sponge, as letters or writing; to efface; to destroy all trace of.
To suck in, or imbibe, like a sponge.
sponge frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR
the word sponge occurs in english on average 8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.