• WordNet 3.6
    • n sweating 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: Birds do not sweat, as they do not have sweat glands
    • Sweating a. & n. from Sweat v.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The feet have approximately 250,000 sweat glands
    • n sweating The act of perspiring; profuse perspiration; also, the process of producing profuse perspiration by means of sudorifics, hot baths, etc.
    • n sweating Same as sweating system (which see, under sweating, p. a.).
    • n sweating The process of producing exudation or oozing of moisture by application of heat either dry or moist.
    • n sweating Specifically, in tanning, a process of removing hair from hides by exposing them to moist air. There are various ways of carrying out the process. In one method the hides are hung in a pit, vault, or building, and exposed to air at a temperature of from 40° to 56° F., the air being kept cold, and saturated with moisture by the injection of a spray of cold spring-water. A ventilator in the roof permits of circulation of air, and an underground drain from the bottom of the pit permits outflow of water and inflow of cold air.
    • sweating Perspiring freely or profusely.
    • sweating Of or pertaining to the employment of persons, as to make clothes, at the lowest wages.
    • n sweating Specifically, in the tobacco trade, the fermenting, in either the active or passive sense, of tobacco leaves, a process which follows that of curing or drying, and consists of further evaporation with chemical changes due, as shown by Loew, to the activity of two oxidizing enzymes. Three methods are recognized: Natural sweating (or sweat) in cases, in which the material is packed in boxes and stored under cover without artificial heat, the process requiring about a year.
    • n sweating In the refining of paraffin from petroleum or bituminous shale, a process of fractional fusion in which the crude paraffin-scale in blocks is placed in a chamber heated by steam-pipes to a temperature a few degrees below the point at which the whole would melt, the more fusible part drained away, and the still solid portion afterward melted down at a higher temperature and decolorized by means of animal charcoal.
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  • George S. Patton
    “A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
  • 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.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “And the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats, none knew so well as I: for he who lives more lives than one more deaths than one must die.”
  • 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.”


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.


In literature:

Meanwhile the outriders had reached the German Legation and had flung themselves, disordered, from their sweating ponies.
"Indiscreet Letters From Peking"
The enemy had played into his hands, and in the shape of a sweating clerk sat waiting on his action.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
Bruce wiped the sweat from his palms and nodded.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
I threw a despairing glance in Jill's direction, wiped the sweat from my brow, and returned to the attack.
"Berry And Co." by Dornford Yates
The sweat oozed out in drops that became trickling streams beneath the short hair.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
Sweat poured over his coal-blackened face.
"From the Bottom Up" by Alexander Irvine
Still smelling the sweat of battle, he found Tebron's mind again.
"Warlord of Kor" by Terry Gene Carr
He sweated under this.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Sweating is not a peculiarity of Great Britain.
"Liberalism and the Social Problem" by Winston Spencer Churchill
The body was nude to the waist and smelled evilly of sweat and fish-oil.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath

In poetry:

Away from all the restless street,
The whirlpool of the toiling race,
Where Traffic in the dusty heat
Toils with the sweat upon his face.
"By Saint Mary's Lake" by Alexander Anderson
She sits in the dust at the walls
And makes cigars,
Bending at the bench
With fingers wage-anxious,
Changing her sweat for the day's pay.
"Noon Hour" by Carl Sandburg
An honest man thou lov'd, and thou
Wert honest to thy bosom's core,
As harden'd hand, and sweated brow,
A true, tho' silent witness bore.
"Robert Burns" by Thomas Frederick Young
What do I need of senses five?
Why eat, or drink, or sweat, or wive?
What do we strive for when we strive?
What do we live for when alive?
"The Swimmer" by John Crowe Ransom
O Ye, who with your blood and sweat
Watered the furrows of this land,--
See where upon a nation's brow
In honour's front, ye proudly stand!
"Loyal" by Sarah Anne Curzon
'But is it right! When I only gave
My hand to you in a sweat to save,
Through desperate need
(As I thought), my fame, for I was not brave!'
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

For Jets' Defensive Line, Fretting Is Over and the Real Sweating Begins.
It was sweltering out, but he barely broke a sweat.
Mushrooms, Fugu & Chef Sweat.
Seeing half Tulsa's population emerge from their vehicles with back sweat soaking their shirts.
For Round 2, the Magic didn't have to sweat as much.
Aaron Rodgers is the MVP of this teeth-grinding, palm-sweating Super Bowl, and it has nothing do with how he throws or how he runs.
Despite the sweat, hundreds have a ball grooving to Kenny J's line dancing class in Newark.
Matt Czajkowski is sweating through his REI shirt.
Pat Mahoney, sweating the details in his DJ guise.
20 HOURS AGO Don't sweat it.
But he still sweats like a coal miner producing his award-winning flagship, a blend of spice and malt with a fluffy head and smacking dry finish.
It's a vehicle that moves, albeit slowly, while passengers work up a sweat.
Blood, Sweat & Tears Saxophone Player Bill Tillman Dead at 65.
Blood, Sweat & Tears saxophone player Bill Tillman, who performed with the group for much of the '70s, passed away in Houston Wednesday (Aug 15) at age 65 after an early morning fall.
I sweat so much on my palms that I'm embarrassed to shake hands with people.

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