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  • n  a porous mass of interlacing fibers that forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used
  • n  someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily
    she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge
  • n  a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
  • n  primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
  • v  wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten
  • v  ask for and get free; be a parasite
  • v  erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
  • v  soak up with a sponge
  • v  gather sponges, in the ocean

  • Problem was, he bought a synthetic sponge instead of a genuine sea sponge, and when Jesse Tafero was strapped in, his head caught fire.
  • But an increasing number have switched to more technologically sophisticated sponge systems that automate the counting to enhance patient safety.
  • He outfitted Natalia with a pair of swimmer's goggles, the lenses blocked by sponge rubber and aluminum foil, and asked Komissarov again to demonstrate his pupil's talents.
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  • The crabbing life
    The No Fear, an oyster boat, sits at the dock in Leipsic early one morning. / KYLE GRANTHAM/THE NEWS JOURNAL photos Bob Armbruster examines a female crab with a full egg sponge that was pulled from a crab trap. Females presenting sponges can't be kept and must be thrown back.
    June 15, 2013 - Delaware Coast Press
  • St. John takes high-tech approach to avoiding surgery sponge errors
    Starting Tuesday, surgeons at St. John Medical Center will use bar-coded medical sponges to prevent them from sewing them up inside patients.
    June 13, 2013 - The Daily News
  • Shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge rails against federal investigation and Tampa Bay Times coverage of his lawyer ...
    Tampa shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem responded to news that federal authorities were investigating his friend and attorney Stephen Diaco in typical form, spending much of his show this morning excoriating Tampa Bay Times writer/columnist Sue Carlton and alleging the coverage was the result of a …
    June 11, 2013 - St. Petersburg Times Blogs

  • Evan Lysacek in Forbes
    I always came into events with the mentality of trying to learn from older competitors and soaking things up like a sponge,Lysacek said. "This year, a lot of those veteran skaters are either retired or have sort of fallen down the ranks....
  • Ciara in FOXNews
    I want to learn as much as I can. ...... I want to be a sponge on the set,said Ciara, who has a singing scene with R&B legend LaBelle.
  • Daniel Kowalski in Sydney Morning Herald
    He would get thrown in there when he would get in trouble : which was quite a bit,Kowalski said yesterday. "It was around 1994, and he was a tall gangly kid, but he was like a sponge who soaked up everything. He always had the markings of...

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