Spongy Spon"gy (sp[u^]n"j[y^]), a. 1. Soft, and full of cavities; of an open, loose, pliable texture; as, a spongy excrescence; spongy earth; spongy cake; spongy bones. [1913 Webster]

2. Wet; drenched; soaked and soft, like sponge; rainy. ``Spongy April.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Having the quality of imbibing fluids, like a sponge. [1913 Webster]

{Spongy lead} (Chem.), sponge lead. See under {Sponge}.

{Spongy platinum}. See under {Platinum}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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