Definition of perspiration in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The process of sweating.

    ‘exercise causes perspiration and a speeded-up heartbeat’
    • ‘A thousand bucks and a whole load of perspiration later, you will probably wonder why you even bothered.’
    • ‘The effect, when eaten, is to stimulate the palate, aid digestion, increase blood circulation and cause perspiration.’
    • ‘Heat Exhaustion is caused by excessive loss of water and salt from the body through perspiration.’
    • ‘Continuous perspiration uses up internal energy, which must be replenished.’
    • ‘Exercise cranks up perspiration, leading to prime conditions for a zit reaction.’
    • ‘Symptoms of the infection included heightened pulse, euphoria, high levels of perspiration and a distinct ringing in the ears.’
    • ‘Most people lose about 10 cups of water daily through urination, perspiration and respiration.’
    • ‘I'll have to settle for perspiration rather than ‘inspiration’, whether divine or otherwise.’
    • ‘It has been proven to raise blood pressure and cause perspiration.’
    • ‘Well, again, there is just as much luck as there is inspiration and perspiration in the process.’
    • ‘The polygraph tests measured blood pressure, respiration and changes in perspiration.’
    • ‘Prevent foot odour and excessive perspiration by including sufficient silica in your diet.’
    • ‘Releasing toxins via the skin through perspiration reduces the load on both the kidneys and liver.’
    • ‘Minimize skin exposure to moisture caused by incontinence, perspiration, or wound drainage.’
    • ‘This kind of breathing sustains other aspects of the stress response, such as rapid heart rate and perspiration.’
    • ‘The garment repels water but is sufficiently porous to prevent moisture buildup from perspiration.’
    • ‘Such a world sees thought as a process unnatural enough to cause perspiration.’
    • ‘While parents think their kids sweat a lot because they're fat, profuse perspiration may be a symptom of incipient diabetes.’
    • ‘Given the personnel involved, it looks as though the game will be more about perspiration than inspiration.’
    • ‘The team has created a number of sensors that can monitor voice tone, facial expressions, perspiration and heart beat.’
    1. 1.1Sweat.
      ‘perspiration ran down his forehead’
      • ‘Cotton absorbs sweat, but he found that a polyester blend wicked perspiration off the skin.’
      • ‘They will hold your hair off of your face and prevent salty perspiration from sucking all the moisture out of your hair.’
      • ‘Could he go up to the emperor's personal advisor like this, covered in blood and perspiration?’
      • ‘Drops of perspiration pour from millions of tiny sweat glands in the skin.’
      • ‘He was leaning heavily on the crutches, breathing fast, and perspiration was beading on his forehead.’
      • ‘The cream moisturises, while the powder absorbs perspiration that develops during the day.’
      • ‘His skin suddenly snapped tight and dry, the perspiration and moisture gone from its surface.’
      • ‘Slowly, gingerly, he stood up, his breathing long and hard and his face wet with perspiration.’
      • ‘Sensors measure the activity of your sweat glands and the amount of perspiration on your skin, alerting you to anxiety.’
      • ‘Well, we hear it can be injected into your armpits to prevent unsightly perspiration, and into your hands to stop your palms sweating.’
      • ‘When I turned to look at him, I was shocked to see his face was gray, covered in perspiration and his breathing was shallow.’
      • ‘Breathing hard, perspiration making her clothes stick to her body, Natalie sprinted towards the goal.’
      • ‘I sat down on a bench, took a few heavy, deep breaths, and wiped off the small beads of perspiration on my forehead.’
      • ‘The simple fine powder does not disappear when perspiration or moisture contact it.’
      • ‘His breathing was painful and laboured, his brow wet with perspiration.’
      • ‘I suppose it was just perspiration - but it kind of seemed like spittle.’
      • ‘They were breathing hard and a mist of perspiration glistened on their foreheads.’
      • ‘He was nauseated, short of breath, dizzy and drenched in perspiration.’
      • ‘His bulky muscles were covered in dirt and perspiration, and he'd been drilling our team the entire game.’
      • ‘His body was wet with perspiration and his breathing was deep and heavy.’
      sweat, moisture, dampness, wetness
      a lather
      a muck sweat
      diaphoresis, hidrosis
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Early 17th century: from French, from perspirer (see perspire).