• WordNet 3.6
    • v sweat excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin "Exercise makes one sweat"
    • n sweat use of physical or mental energy; hard work "he got an A for effort","they managed only with great exertion"
    • n sweat salty fluid secreted by sweat glands "sweat poured off his brow"
    • n sweat condensation of moisture on a cold surface "the cold glasses were streaked with sweat"
    • n sweat agitation resulting from active worry "don't get in a stew","he's in a sweat about exams"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, a person has two million sweat glands
    • Sweat (Man) A short run by a race horse in exercise.
    • Sweat Fig.: To perspire in toil; to work hard; to drudge. "He 'd have the poets sweat ."
    • Sweat Moisture issuing from any substance; as, the sweat of hay or grain in a mow or stack.
    • Sweat The act of sweating; or the state of one who sweats; hence, labor; toil; drudgery.
    • Sweat (Physiol) The fluid which is excreted from the skin of an animal; the fluid secreted by the sudoriferous glands; a transparent, colorless, acid liquid with a peculiar odor, containing some fatty acids and mineral matter; perspiration. See Perspiration. "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread."
    • Sweat The sweating sickness.
    • Sweat To cause to excrete moisture from the skin; to cause to perspire; as, his physicians attempted to sweat him by most powerful sudorifics.
    • Sweat To emit moisture, as green plants in a heap.
    • Sweat To emit or suffer to flow from the pores; to exude. "It made her not a drop for sweat .""With exercise she sweat ill humors out."
    • Sweat To excrete sensible moisture from the pores of the skin; to perspire.
    • Sweat To get something advantageous, as money, property, or labor from (any one), by exaction or oppression; as, to sweat a spendthrift; to sweat laborers. "The only use of it [money] which is interdicted is to put it in circulation again after having diminished its weight by “ sweating ”, or otherwise, because the quantity of metal contains is no longer consistent with its impression."
    • Sweat To unite by heating, after the application of soldier.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Birds do not sweat, as they do not have sweat glands
    • n sweat Moisture exuded from the skin, an excretion containing from one to two per cent. of solids, consisting of sodium chlorid, formic, acetic, butyric, and other fatty acids, neutral fats, and cholesterin; sensible perspiration; especially, the excessive perspiration produced by exertion, toil, the operation of sudorific medicines, etc.
    • n sweat The state of one who sweats or perspires; sweating; especially, such a state produced medicinally; diaphoresis.
    • n sweat That which causes sweat; labor; toil; drudgery; also, a sudorific medicine.
    • n sweat That which resembles sweat, as dew; also, moisture exuded from green plants piled in a heap: as, the sweat of hay or grain in a mow or stack.
    • n sweat A sweating process, as in tanning hides.
    • n sweat Sweating-sickness.
    • n sweat A short run of a horse in exercising him.
    • n sweat In the manufacture of bricks, tiles, etc., that stage in the burning in which the hydrated oxid of alumina in the clay parts with its water.
    • sweat To excrete sensible moisture from the skin, or as if from the skin; perspire; especially, to perspire excessively.
    • sweat To exude moisture, as green plants piled in a heap; also, to gather moisture from the surrounding air by condensation: as, a new haymow sweats; the clay of newly made bricks sweats; a pitcher of ice-water sweats.
    • sweat To exude as or in the manner of perspiration.
    • sweat To toil; labor; drudge.
    • sweat To labor under a burden as of punishment or extortion; suffer; pay a penalty.
    • sweat To work for starvation wages; also, to carry on work on the sweating or underpaying system.
    • sweat To cause to excrete moisture from the skin, or, figuratively, as if from the skin.
    • sweat To emit, as from the pores; exude; shed.
    • sweat To saturate with sweat; spoil with sweat: as, to sweat one's collar.
    • sweat To extort money from; fleece; bleed; oppress by exactions; underpay, as shop-hands.
    • sweat To put in pledge; pawn.
    • sweat To dry or force moisture from, as the wood in charcoal-burning by covering over the heap closely.
    • sweat In leather manufacturing, to loosen the hair from, as a hide, by subjecting it to putrefactive fermentation in a smoke-house.
    • sweat In tobacco manufacturing, to render elastic, as the leaves, by subjecting them to a slight fermentation.
    • sweat To join by applying heat after soldering.
    • n sweat In tobacco manufacturing See sweating
    • n sweat Same as chuck-luck or chucker-luck.
    • n sweat A spontaneous fermentation of the tobacco leaf corresponding to the aging of wines. Where the ordinary sweating process has not been fully carried through this is intentionally maintained. See sweating, 5.
    • sweat In tobacco manufacturing, to undergo the process of sweating. See sweating.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The feet have approximately 250,000 sweat glands
    • n Sweat swet the moisture from the skin, the state of one who sweats, diaphoresis: labour: drudgery
    • v.i Sweat to give out sweat or moisture: to toil, drudge for poor wages: to suffer penalty, smart
    • v.t Sweat to give out, as sweat: to cause to sweat: to squeeze money or extortionate interest from, to compel to hard work for mean wages: to wear away or pare down by friction or other means, as coins: to scrape the sweat from a horse
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  • Oliver Stone
    Oliver Stone
    “The worst nightmare I ever had about Vietnam was that I had to go back. I woke up in a sweat, in total terror.”
  • Haitian Proverb
    Haitian Proverb
    “Ignorance doesn't kill you, but it makes you sweat a lot.”
  • Ray Kroc
    Ray Kroc
    “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “Success is dependent upon the glands -- sweat glands.”
  • Heywood Broun
    “Sweat is the cologne of accomplishment.”
  • Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
    Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
    “The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.”


Blood, sweat and tears - If something will take blood, sweat and tears, it will be very difficult and will require a lot of effort and sacrifice.
Cold sweat - If something brings you out in a cold sweat, it frightens you a lot.
Don't sweat the small stuff - (USA) This is used to tell people not to worry about trivial or unimportant issues.
No Sweat - No Sweat means something is easy. For example, "This contest is just no sweat." meaning "This contest is just easy."
Sweat blood - If you sweat blood, you make an extraordinary effort to achieve something.
Sweat bullets - (USA) If someone is sweating bullets, they're very worried or frightened.
Sweat like a pig - If someone is sweating like a pig, they are perspiring (sweating) a lot.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sweten, AS. swætan, fr. swāt, n., sweat; akin to OFries. & OS. swēt, D. zweet, OHG. sweiz, G. schweiss, Icel. sviti, sveiti, Sw. svett, Dan. sved, L. sudor, sweat, sudare, to sweat, Gr. , , sweat, to sweat, Skr. svēda, sweat, svid, to sweat. √178. Cf. Exude Sudary Sudorific


In literature:

We'll make them sweat blood for this night's work.
"Raw Gold" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
He should have been sweating.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
We've sweated and cussed till even the flies and skitters must have been ashamed.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
The animals strained at their harness with lolling tongues and white-rimmed eyeballs, their sweat making tracks on the dust.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
The end of the second mile found him sweating freely and panting.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
He dragged his way back, beginning to sweat with the effort.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
He looked up at her; big sweat drops were gathering on his face.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
You never see a man sweat so tryin' to get both hands onto a idea at once.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
His face was damp with sweat.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Here it seems out of place, like the smell of bacon or sweating mules.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various

In poetry:

No friend to wipe the sweat of death
From off his face,
Or kindred, when he drew his breath
In this deserted place.
"The Pauper’s Grave" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
He has journyed on unweariedly
From dawn of day till now,
The warm blood kindles in his cheek,
The sweat is on his brow.
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
Her lip it trembled with agony,
The sweat ran down her brow,
I have tortures in store for evermore,
Oh! spare me my children now!
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
Bruteward lash thy Helots--hold
Brain and soul and clay in gyves;
Coin their blood and sweat in gold,
Build thy cities on their lives.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
But I claspit my han's on my broo an' my een,
As ye see me daein' the noo,
An' I tried to pray, till my throat grew dry,
An' the sweat fell aff my broo.
"Ledgie Cooper" by Alexander Anderson
"I wrocht, an' I wrocht, as ane will work
Wha works for life an' death,
Till the black sweat fell in draps frae my brow,
An' I scarce could draw my breath.
"The Piper's Tree" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

We went behind the scenes at our "No-Sweat Summer Hair" photoshoot to get the latest trends in summer hair.
After about 15 minutes of hooping , even just waist- hooping , you break out in a sweat.
Hot flash es and night sweats).
Bust out of the gym and break a sweat with these addictively fun nontraditional workouts.
What's better than watching shirtless, hunky men break a sweat.
Small Study Finds Ultrasound Therapy Destroys Underarm Sweat Glands, Reduces Sweat Production.
More than 57 years have passed since the Supreme Court swept aside segregation in state law schools, in Sweat v Painter (1950).
"The audience sees the actors up close, the sweat on their brows".
Easier to sweat while wet, study finds.
We Won't Sweat The Small Stuff .
In Sandy's Wake, New Yorkers Don't Sweat Small Stuff .
VP DeBuhr Sweats Great Solutions, Not the Small Stuff .
Sweating the Small Stuff .
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff .
They tell you not to sweat the small stuff and instead focus on the big stuff.

In science:

Herbert Fleischner, Some blood, sweat, but no tears in Eulerian graph theory, Congr.
Generation and Properties of Snarks
One was to rent a boat and float along the Sacramento River, drinking, playing cards, and presumably sweating.
Leo and me