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spoke2 a rod or bar radiating from the center of a wheel and connected to the outer rim. [3 definitions]
spoken past participle of speak. [3 definitions]
spokeshave a cutting or planing tool consisting of a blade set between two handles, used to trim and smooth curved surfaces of wood.
spokesman a man who speaks for one or more other persons.
spokesperson a person who speaks for one or more others.
spokeswoman a woman who speaks for one or more other persons.
spoliation the act or practice of seizing others' goods, such as the plundering of neutral ships by the navy of a warring nation. [2 definitions]
spondee a metrical foot having two long and accented syllables.
spondylitis inflammation of one or more vertebrae.
sponge any of various aquatic animals with a porous body and a tough fibrous or calcareous skeleton formed of irregular clumps or branched masses that are attached to underwater surfaces. [10 definitions]
sponge bath a cleansing of the body with a wet sponge or cloth rather than washing in a tub or shower.
sponge cake a light spongy cake made with eggs, flour, sugar, and other ingredients, but no shortening.
sponger a person or vessel that harvests sponges. [2 definitions]
sponge rubber a light porous spongelike rubber used in rubber balls, gaskets, insulation, and the like; foam rubber.
spongiform resembling a sponge in appearance or texture.
spongy resembling a sponge in lightness, porosity, absorbency, or esp. resiliency.
sponson a structure projecting from the side of a ship or boat, esp. a gun platform, or an air chamber on the gunwale of a canoe that prevents capsizing. [2 definitions]
sponsor a person who assumes responsibility for someone or something. [5 definitions]
spontaneity the quality or condition of being spontaneous. [2 definitions]
spontaneous happening freely or done by impulse; not forced. [3 definitions]
spontaneous combustion the ignition of a substance or material, such as oily cloths or wet hay, caused by the rapid increase of heat from chemical reactions in the substance.