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
      • 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.
      • They fetch a sponge and smelling salts, and go upstairs to the room where Grace Poole usually stays.
      • The energy was incredible; the dancers were like sponges, soaking everything up.
      • 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.
      • Be a sponge - absorb as much inspiration as you can from watching other artists perform.
      • However, passive organic matter acts much like a sponge, holding a lot of water.
      • Then we would mist the back with water and rub it down with a sponge so when it dried it would shrink tightly.
      • 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.
      • When it is done as well as this, it leaves one feeling like a well wrung sponge.
      • Put newspaper on the floor, find a big bib, and stand by with sponges.
      • Once worms are added to the bedding, the moisture level should remain approximately that of a wrung-out sponge.
      • We were like sponges; we absorbed knowledge eagerly after the ten-year void.
      • Of those that use a dishcloth or sponge, a third disinfect, boil or bleach it to keep it clean - the most effective methods.
      • 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.

    • 1.3informal (wipe)

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

  • 2also sponge cake

    Cooking
    bizcocho masculine
    bizcochuelo masculine Southern Cone
    • 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.
    • Christenings increasingly call for finger food, light bright sponge cakes and pavlovas, rather than a sit-down feast.
    • Then, she put in two puddings, and two spoons along with two pieces of chocolate sponge cake and called it good.
    • We learn of the medicinal importance of poultry and of the ritual significance of sponge cake and sweetmeats.
    • It's a weekday morning and the elderly patrons are hard at work on dim sum and sponge cake.
    • I sit on my grandmother's knee eating sponge cake warm from the oven.
    • I hid sharp unease behind the cream sponge and sugar tongs.
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • Most major food shops sell really buttery plain sponge cakes.
    • For breakfast prisoners are offered coffee or hot chocolate, along with bread and butter, biscuits and small sponge cakes.
    • 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.
    • Victoria sponge cakes and female submission do not a happy home make.
    • The problem is that when I first put the sponge cakes together to look like a train, it worked really well.
    • 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.
    • With the exception of plain, wholesome sponge cakes, instead of comforting, the scent of some cakes can be quite maddening.
    • Arrowroot, a major cash crop, is used in desserts, including arrowroot sponge cake and arrowroot custard.
    • Baking is a passion of mine so I bake all sorts of sponge cakes and Christmas cakes for my friends.
    • 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.
    • ‘How long does it take to go to Boston from Philadelphia,’ I asked, starting to stir some of the sponge cake for Christmas dinner.

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 (or una toalla húmeda etc.) por la cara
    • to sponge the dirt off sth limpiar algo con una esponja/con un trapo
    • She sponged herself with the rag that accompanied her water-jug.
    • Once he had been sponged and dressed by silent attendants, Hakida had lead him to a carriage and ushered him inside, then on the bumpy ride to the Vistula Temple beneath black clouds informed him of what he was to do.
    • Joe wiggled and cooed happily as his mother dipped a cloth in water and sponged him off, dried and powdered him, and showed Hoss how to fold and apply a fresh diaper.
    • I wet the cloth and sponged his forehead with it, and his moaning ceased.
    • She gently sponged Priss’ back, watching the muscles flex against her movement.
    • I was standing in the school bathrooms, sponging my eye.
    • Her other hand sponged his face with a cool, wet cloth.
    • Then she pulled the soiled blankets from beneath him, before sponging him down as she had the previous evening and wrapping him in a fresh set of sheets.
    • She looked down and reluctantly sponged off her hands.
    • They undressed her and sponged her with warm water; the baths were out of order.
    • She sponged at my forehead with the corner of her apron.
    • They brought the incubator in and as soon as Ty cut her umbilical cord, and they sponged her off a bit, then took her away.
  • 2informal, derogatory

    (scrounge)
    (money) gorronear informal
    (money) gorrear informal
    (money) garronear River Plate informal
    (money) bolsear Chile informal
    to sponge a living vivir de gorra informal
    • Although, I did not feel comfortable sponging off of their generosity, so I did not get much.
    • He lives with and sponges off his brother and sister-in-law, surviving on free samples at the supermarket, and gambling away what little money he has.
    • I know you've spent the last few weeks sponging off Ellie.
    • It comes from taxes paid by plumbers, carpenters, bricklayers, electricians, plasterers and everyone else who goes out into the world and creates wealth, earns an honest living instead of spongeing off the state.
    • Maggie is quite horrifyingly selfish and happy to sponge off Ella while she susses out the situation.
    • Two are notable-a witty fop, who lives nearby, and a down-at-the-heels aristocrat, who has been sponging off the family for decades.
    • The older women are in essence sponging off the daughter, a secretary, who is marrying mainly to escape their clutches.
    • There Jackson became a cowardly deserter sponging off the martial generosity of Uncle Sam, a man who betrayed his comrades and never paid his gambling debts.
    • It was then that he realized she was sponging off his meager salary.
    • I'm at a point now where I think I can afford an apartment, and I figure I should stop sponging off my parents and get out into a new place.
    • It was designed to prevent people sponging on the system (becoming ‘pauperised’) but it also stigmatised and humiliated those who applied for relief.

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