• WordNet 3.6
    • n perspiration salty fluid secreted by sweat glands "sweat poured off his brow"
    • n perspiration the process of the sweat glands of the skin secreting a salty fluid "perspiration is a homeostatic process"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Reptiles do not perspire, and do not have any oil glands
    • Perspiration That which is excreted through the skin; sweat.
    • Perspiration The act or process of perspiring.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hippopotamuses actually sweat blood. Their skin contains a great amount of an oily substance that exudes from the pores, and when the beast perspires a little blood gets mixed in.
    • n perspiration Excretion of liquid from the skin, mainly by the sweatglands; sweating: a function of service in the elimination of certain substances, but especially as a means of cooling the body. It is under direct nervous control.
    • n perspiration The liquid thus excreted; sweat. It consists of water holding 1 to 2 per cent. of other substances, including sodium chlorid, various fatty acids, neutral fats, and cholesterin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Clothes that are dried outside DO smell better because of a process called photolysis. What happens is this: sunlight breaks down compounds in the laundry that cause odor, such as perspiration and body oils.
    • n Perspiration act of perspiring: that which is perspired: moisture given out through the pores of the skin: 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. perspiration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. perspirāre, -ātumper, through, spirāre, to breathe.


In literature:

Beads of perspiration stood on his visitor's forehead.
"The Lion and The Mouse" by Charles Klein
I went to her; she was in a perspiration, which I knew was what the doctor wished.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
Now and again the old man paused in his work to catch his breath or to wipe the perspiration from his brow.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
A profuse perspiration had broken out on his neck and chest.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
Jack Barnes was dripping with perspiration, but his stroke was none the feebler.
"The Daughter of Anderson Crow" by George Barr McCutcheon
Paul was in a profuse perspiration, and his fever was sinking rapidly.
"The Forest Runners" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Glistening streams of perspiration ran down his cheeks.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Healthy people perspire as soon as they become too hot.
"Valere Aude" by Louis Dechmann
In reality my heart was fluttering, and a perspiration had broken out upon my head and the palms of my hands.
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond
When Jim had made half of the weary row up the river, he ran into a little cove to rest and wipe the perspiration from his forehead.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland

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:

Genius, as Thomas Edison famously declared, may owe far more to perspiration than to inspiration, but Leah Busque's revolutionary startup was born in a moment of profound laziness.
No longer will Emily be the nerdy schoolgirl plagued by nervous perspiration, exclusion from the cool crowd and awkwardness with boys.
You can often tell when someone is going to get heat stroke because they look like Mr French on "Family Affair": bowler hat, tie nice & straight, coat on, pale skin, and not a drop of perspiration on a hot day.
Sweat– or is it perspire.
The nerves are rattling, you're starting to perspire, you're knees are shaking but it's probably not as bad as you think or is it.
And while I perspired through a few business meetings, I knew that at the end of the day I would be sipping some lovely beverages.
David Chase recognizes value of perspiration in 'Not Fade Away'.
A little more perspiration could go a long way.
As Edison might have put it, most great disco is one-percent inspiration, ninety-nine-percent perspiration.
David Chase recognizes value of perspiration in 'Not Fade Away '.
Thomas Edison's famous and oft-abused quote about genius being 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration is one of the great truisms of our time.
During perspiration toxins are eliminated from our body through it.
Even into deepest summer, they'll take their drinks with a side of perspiration, even as they jockey under the misters for scant relief.
Scent Killer Roll-On Anti-Perspirant Deodorant MSRP: $4.99.
Wildlife Research Center anti-perspirant deodorant, created from a special "unscented" formula, fights and controls underarm body odor.