Definition of perspiration in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəːspɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n/


[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
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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;
informal a muck sweat
technical diaphoresis, hidrosis



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


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

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