Definition of perspiration in English:


Line breaks: per¦spir|ation
Pronunciation: /pəːspɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1The process of sweating: exercise causes perspiration and a speeded-up heartbeat
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    • 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
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    • 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.
    sweat, moisture, dampness, wetness; a lather; sweating
    informal a muck sweat
    technical diaphoresis, hidrosis



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


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

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