• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Perspirate (rare) to sweat
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  • Walter Abish
    Walter Abish
    “America fears the unshaven legs, the unshaven men's cheeks, the aroma of perspiration, and the limp prick. Above all it fears the limp prick.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
  • Mohammed
    “Give the laborer his wages before his perspiration be dry.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. perspirāre, -ātumper, through, spirāre, to breathe.


In literature:

My face was wet with perspiration and a kind of cold ripple shot over me.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
Cheese put it on, going into a perspiration at the same time.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
And others on the external body, as those which secrete the tears, and perspirable matter.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
She was puffing hard, and the perspiration was standing out upon her forehead.
"The Poor Little Rich Girl" by Eleanor Gates
Judy administers it to me and her faithful heart is so wrung with compassion that she perspires almost as much as I do.
"The Melting of Molly" by Maria Thompson Daviess
Both were panting now and their faces were wet with perspiration.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
After any kind of physical exertion, especially when we are in a perspiration, care must be exercised not to become chilled suddenly.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
Van had perspired in nervous tension, as the two women rode above the chasm.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
The portly Manager, who suffered cruelly owing to his size, came down perspiring and gasping with the heat.
"Four Weird Tales" by Algernon Blackwood
There were drops of perspiration on her forehead.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
I was streaming with perspiration and upbraiding him for assaulting a cripple.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Streaming with perspiration, we swarmed up the rope, and, coming into the blast of cold wind, gasped like men plunged into icy water.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
Perspiring profusely, and much excited, he still hung to his cane and plug hat.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
It was Black Tom, smoking with perspiration.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Sometimes, you can not see the perspiration, because there is not enough of it to form drops.
"Child's Health Primer For Primary Classes" by Jane Andrews
Then he straightened up, his face flushed and perspiring.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Alaska" by Frank Gee Patchin
Big drops of perspiration and tears rolled down Roeschen's delicate little face and her limbs trembled.
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig
Mr. Titmouse walked along with leisurely step; for haste and perspiration were vulgar, and he had the day before him.
"Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1." by Samuel Warren
Her starched shirt was crumpled, and wet through with perspiration, also her shoes were trodden all out of shape.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
As Strong worked he perspired to the point of melting.
"The Yazoo Mystery" by Irving Craddock

In poetry:

I feel, as I gaze at each feature,
Perspiring and grimy and wan,
It is not the strength of the creature,--
The will only, urges him on.
"The Pale Operator" by Morris Rosenfeld
The sun bursts out in furious blaze,
I perspirate from head to heel;
I'd like to hire a one-horse chaise,
How can I, without cash at Lille?
"Titmarsh’s Carmen Lilliense" by William Makepeace Thackeray
No tremor, no perspire: Heaven is here
now, in Minneapolis.
It's easier to vomit than it was,
There's always the cruelty of scholarship.
I once was a slip.
"Dream Song 119: Fresh-shaven, past months & a picture in New York" by John Berryman

In news:

All Things Being Equal How, then, to keep on top of the game as an anti-perspirant or deo-dorant manufacturer.
After a month of sweltering shoots and perspiring celebs, filming for ' Bringing Up Bobby' wraps in Oklahoma City.
They're considered a release, a psychological tonic, and to many a glimpse of something deeper: the heart's own sign language, emotional perspiration from the well of common humanity.
A little more perspiration could go a long way .
New option available to treat severe perspiration .
There is a new option for people who suffer from severe perspiration .
Inspiration plus perspiration equals success.
Selland's success: Passion, perspiration … and the food's pretty good, too.
Wash an item as soon as possible after perspiring .
"The biggest culprit is the antiperspirant, the aluminum-based products in them that stop the body from perspiring are virtually impossible to get rid of," says Brian Johnson, director of training at the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute.
Rain garden at Syracuse's Henninger High the fruit of inspiration, collaboration, perspiration .
Inspiration and perspiration get the credit, but most innovations become reality thanks to the right tools and available resources.
Perspiration soaked my T-shirt and the waistband of my cotton shorts.
So-called Generation Y, says SGMA President Tom Cove, is more "group-oriented" than its elders, and for those ages 12-30, playing sports is "as much about socialization as it is about perspiration.
Here's a specialized niche for you: perspiring 7-to-10-year-olds.