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  • n. the production and evaporation of a watery fluid called sweat that is excreted by the sweat glands in the skin of mammals.
  • v. Present participle of sweat.
  • adj. of or relating to one who is sweating

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a. & n. from sweat, v.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Perspiring freely or profusely.
  • Of or pertaining to the employment of persons, as to make clothes, at the lowest wages.
  • n. The act of perspiring; profuse perspiration; also, the process of producing profuse perspiration by means of sudorifics, hot baths, etc.
  • n. Same as sweating system (which see, under sweating, p. a.).
  • n. The process of producing exudation or oozing of moisture by application of heat either dry or moist.
  • n. Specifically, in tanning, a process of removing hair from hides by exposing them to moist air.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the process of the sweat glands of the skin secreting a salty fluid


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  • But now a different kind of sweating is taking place behind heavy dark wooden doors and under the bright lights of a downtown Los Angeles grand jury room.

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  • We shared the waiting room with one other — a solitary figure who was sitting on the sofa, trying to collect herself and sweating from the heat.

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  • The most common cause of such excessive sweating is overactivity of the nerves in the autonomic nervous system which control a host of glandular secretions – technically, the cholinergic nerves.

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  • However, if the sweating is so bad that it is affecting your quality of life, and medication doesn't help, surgery to sever the appropriate nerves might be considered.

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  • He had just finished dressing and was red-faced, breathless, and sweating from the efforts, when the pretty girl came in to take Addie back to her own room.

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  • Fine, I think, and sit down, still sweating from the half mile jog.

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  • Before Genghis sat a nervous young warrior, still sweating from the long ride that had brought him amongst such a host.

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  • While multiple clinical roles are anticipated, functional demonstration of AQP5 in sweating may have profound relevance to body temperature regulation.

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  • The word sweating also covers cases where workers are subjected to overwork, and unduly long hours; and therefore under this head I mention the influence of the strain of long shop hours.

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  • It is the case, then, that when someone is overly tired from walking or work or gets a chill while he is sweating from the excess of work or heat, and his spine has become stiff and taut, with pain in the loins, which also accompanies these troubles, in such a case these false doctors apply the cure that they call tetleiccaliztli, all of which consists in imparting warmth to the pained part with pressure, warming first a rock or comal.

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  • I think I can believe this was not listed.

    September 11, 2008

  • "A mode of diminishing the gold coin, practised chiefly by Jews, who corrode it with aqua regia. Sweating was also a diversion practised by the bloods of the last century, who styled themselves Mohocks: these gentlemen lay in wait to surprise some person late at night, when surrounding him, they with their swords pricked him in the posteriors, which obliged him to be constantly turning around; this they continued until they thought him sufficiently sweated."

    - Francis Grose, 'The Vulgar Tongue'.

    September 11, 2008