(Sponk) n. See Spunk.
(Spon"sal) a. [L. sponsalis, fr. sponsus a betrothal, fr. spondere, sponsum, to betroth. See
Spouse, and cf. Esousal, Spousal.] Relating to marriage, or to a spouse; spousal.
(Spon"si*ble) a. [Abbrev. from responsible.] responsible; worthy of credit. [Prov. Eng. &
(Spon"sion) n. [L. sonsio, fr. spondere, sponsum, to promise solemnly.]
1. The act of becoming surety for another.
2. (Internat. Law) An act or engagement on behalf of a state, by an agent not specially authorized for
the purpose, or by one who exceeds the limits of authority.
(Spon"sion*al) a. Of or pertaining to a pledge or agreement; responsible. [R.]
He is righteous even in that representative and sponsional person he put on.Abp. Leighton.
(Spon"son) n. (Shipbuilding) (a) One of the triangular platforms in front of, and abaft, the
paddle boxes of a steamboat. (b) One of the slanting supports under the guards of a steamboat. (c)
One of the armored projections fitted with gun ports, used on modern war vessels.
(Spon"sor) n. [L., from spondere, sponsum, to engage one's self. See Spose.]
1. One who binds himself to answer for another, and is responsible for his default; a surety.
2. One who at the baptism of an infant professes the Christian faith in its name, and guarantees its
religious education; a godfather or godmother.
(Spon*so"ri*al) a. Pertaining to a sponsor.
(Spon"sor*ship) n. State of being a sponsor.
(Spon`ta*ne"i*ty) n.; pl. Spontaneities [Cf. F. spontanéité.]