• WordNet 3.6
    • v perspire excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin "Exercise makes one sweat"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Reptiles do not perspire, and do not have any oil glands
    • Perspire To be evacuated or excreted, or to exude, through the pores of the skin; as, a fluid perspires .
    • v. t Perspire To emit or evacuate through the pores of the skin; to sweat; to excrete through pores. "Firs . . . perspire a fine balsam of turpentine."
    • Perspire (Physiol) To excrete matter through the skin; esp., to excrete fluids through the pores of the skin; to sweat.
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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.
    • perspire To breathe or blow through.
    • perspire To evacuate the fluids of the body through the ecretories of te skin; perform excretion by the cuticular pores; sweat.
    • perspire To be evacuated or excreted through the excretories of the skin; exude by or through the skin, as a fluid.
    • perspire To emit or evacuate through the excretories of the skin; give out through external pores.
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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.
    • v.i., v.t Perspire per-spīr′ to emit or to be emitted, as moisture, through the pores of the skin: 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. perspirare, to breathe through; per + spirare,. See Per-, and Spirit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. perspirāre, -ātumper, through, spirāre, to breathe.


In literature:

Sometimes the pain is attended with vomiting and cold perspiration.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
He set manfully to work to dig out the fox, and worked till the perspiration streamed down his face.
"Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier" by James Inglis
When hot or perspiring or when wearing damp clothes, don't remain where a breeze can strike you.
"Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of the" by War Department
The valet found him groaning and in a cold perspiration.
"The Man From Brodney's" by George Barr McCutcheon
The other smelled evilly of perspiration.
"Where the Trail Divides" by Will Lillibridge
I felt my limbs tremble, the perspiration bead my face.
"Love Under Fire" by Randall Parrish
The sun was simply blazing, and in fifteen minutes we were soaked with perspiration.
"Camps and Trails in China" by Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
The perspiration actually ran down his face, and mingled with the melting snow.
"Snarleyyow" by Captain Frederick Marryat
She was perpetually perspiring bad humour; she did not explain her thought, she exuded it.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Mrs. Morton, the perspiration matting her beautiful and shining hair across her forehead, laboured with the best.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White

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 .
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.
New option available to treat severe perspiration .
There is a new option for people who suffer from severe perspiration .
During perspiration toxins are eliminated from our body through it.