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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 or group who assumes responsibility for someone or something. [5 definitions]
spontaneity an unforced, unplanned quality of behavior, or a willingness to behave in a way that is not thought out beforehand. [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.
spontaneous generation the theory that living organisms can be created entirely from inanimate matter; abiogenesis.
spoof a humorous imitation; good-natured mocking; lampoon. [5 definitions]
spook (informal) a ghost; phantom. [4 definitions]
spooky eerie and mysterious; weirdly disturbing.
spool a cylindrical object, usu. with a rim on each end, on which thread, tape, wire, photographic film, or the like is wound. [3 definitions]
spoon a utensil with a small shallow bowl at the end of a handle, used for eating, stirring, serving, or measuring. [4 definitions]