Translation of sponge in Spanish:

sponge

esponja, n.

Pronunciation /spʌn(d)ʒ//spəndʒ/

noun

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    • 1.1Zoology

      esponja feminine
      • Other images are just as mystifying the spine of a sea urchin, sharks' teeth, sponges and ascidians, to name a few.
      • Chinese scholar's rocks, coral and sponges come to mind.

    • 1.2(for bath)

      esponja feminine
      • Once worms are added to the bedding, the moisture level should remain approximately that of a wrung-out sponge.
      • Put newspaper on the floor, find a big bib, and stand by with sponges.
      • They fetch a sponge and smelling salts, and go upstairs to the room where Grace Poole usually stays.
      • Be a sponge - absorb as much inspiration as you can from watching other artists perform.
      • Worryingly, more than one in ten only rinse the cloth or sponge, which doesn't kill any harboured bacteria and could in fact spread the invisible germs around kitchen surfaces.
      • We were like sponges; we absorbed knowledge eagerly after the ten-year void.
      • Physical debris was removed from needles as necessary using sponges soaked with disinfectant.
      • I was busting out a super funky tear, and Daron wiped it off of my chin with one of those really absorbent Easter sponges shaped like a pink little chicken baby.
      • The energy was incredible; the dancers were like sponges, soaking everything up.
      • When it is done as well as this, it leaves one feeling like a well wrung sponge.
      • These people just don't sip, they imbibe, they absorb liquor like dehydrated sponges, letting the story-soothing booze flow through their veins until it seeps from their pores in the squalid stench of defeat.
      • Then we would mist the back with water and rub it down with a sponge so when it dried it would shrink tightly.
      • However, passive organic matter acts much like a sponge, holding a lot of water.
      • Of those that use a dishcloth or sponge, a third disinfect, boil or bleach it to keep it clean - the most effective methods.
      • This increases insulation and avoids the need for surface treatment, while the vegetation absorbs rain like a sponge, reducing or at least delaying run-off.

    • 1.3(wipe)

      give your face a quick sponge pásate una esponja (/ una toalla húmeda etc. ) por la cara

  • 2also sponge cake

    Cooking
    bizcocho masculine
    bizcochuelo masculine Southern Cone
    • Christenings increasingly call for finger food, light bright sponge cakes and pavlovas, rather than a sit-down feast.
    • If one more person tells us we did a beautiful job of the eulogy, I will explode with pride and there will be little fluttery bits of pride all over sponge cakes and tomato sandwiches.
    • It's like baking a sponge cake at too high a heat, and it gets soggy and deflates, and the only person who's willing to eat it is your dog.
    • Arrowroot, a major cash crop, is used in desserts, including arrowroot sponge cake and arrowroot custard.
    • We learn of the medicinal importance of poultry and of the ritual significance of sponge cake and sweetmeats.
    • Sometimes a different fruit is used and some cooks may substitute sponge cake for shortcake; but no alternative version can match the excellence of the original.
    • I sit on my grandmother's knee eating sponge cake warm from the oven.
    • Baking is a passion of mine so I bake all sorts of sponge cakes and Christmas cakes for my friends.
    • For breakfast prisoners are offered coffee or hot chocolate, along with bread and butter, biscuits and small sponge cakes.
    • Eat hot with warm sponge cake or madeleines or eat thoroughly chilled aside a little mound of equal quantities of thick yoghurt and whipped cream.
    • Then, she put in two puddings, and two spoons along with two pieces of chocolate sponge cake and called it good.
    • Victoria sponge cakes and female submission do not a happy home make.
    • It's a weekday morning and the elderly patrons are hard at work on dim sum and sponge cake.
    • ‘How long does it take to go to Boston from Philadelphia,’ I asked, starting to stir some of the sponge cake for Christmas dinner.
    • She made tea and offered him home-made sponge cake that was so light it was in danger of drifting off the plate in the cool breeze from the open window.
    • Most major food shops sell really buttery plain sponge cakes.
    • I hid sharp unease behind the cream sponge and sugar tongs.
    • With the exception of plain, wholesome sponge cakes, instead of comforting, the scent of some cakes can be quite maddening.
    • The problem is that when I first put the sponge cakes together to look like a train, it worked really well.
    • Sitting on the grass, sipping tea and eating lovely ham sandwiches, followed by fresh cream homemade sponge cakes, we thought that life couldn't get much better than this!

transitive verb

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    (clean)
    (with sponge) pasar una esponja por
    (with damp cloth, towel) pasar una toalla húmeda por
    sponge your face pásate una esponja (/ una toalla húmeda etc. ) por la cara
    • to sponge the dirt off sth limpiar algo con una esponja/con un trapo
  • 2derogatory, informal

    (money)
    (scrounge)
    gorronear informal
    gorrear informal
    garronear River Plate informal
    bolsear Chile informal
    to sponge a living vivir de gorra informal

intransitive verb

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    gorronear informal
    gorrear informal
    garronear River Plate informal
    bolsear Chile informal
    he lives by sponging on / off his relatives vive a costillas de sus parientes