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perspiration

Line breaks: per¦spir|ation
Pronunciation: /pəːspɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of perspiration in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The process of sweating: exercise causes perspiration and a speeded-up heartbeat
More example sentences
  • Well, again, there is just as much luck as there is inspiration and perspiration in the process.
  • Exercise cranks up perspiration, leading to prime conditions for a zit reaction.
  • The team has created a number of sensors that can monitor voice tone, facial expressions, perspiration and heart beat.
1.1Sweat: perspiration ran down his forehead
More example sentences
  • The simple fine powder does not disappear when perspiration or moisture contact it.
  • Could he go up to the emperor's personal advisor like this, covered in blood and perspiration?
  • I suppose it was just perspiration - but it kind of seemed like spittle.
Synonyms
sweat, moisture, dampness, wetness;
a lather;
sweating
informal a muck sweat
technical diaphoresis, hidrosis

Origin

early 17th century: from French, from perspirer (see perspire).

Derivatives

perspiratory

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈspɪrət(ə)ri/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Once her perspiratory glands opened for business they didn't stop.

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