sweat
I. verb (sweat or sweated; sweating) Etymology: Middle English sweten, from Old English swǣtan, from swāt sweat; akin to Old High German sweiz sweat, Latin sudare to sweat, Greek hidrōs sweat Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. a. to excrete moisture in visible quantities through the openings of the sweat glands ; perspire b. to labor or exert oneself so as to cause perspiration 2. a. to emit or exude moisture <
cheese sweats in ripening
>
b. to gather surface moisture in beads as a result of condensation <
stones sweat at night
>
c. (1) ferment (2) putrefy 3. to undergo anxiety or mental or emotional distress <
sweat through final exams
>
4. to become exuded through pores or a porous surface ; ooze transitive verb 1. to emit or seem to emit from pores ; exude 2. to manipulate or produce by hard work or drudgery 3. to get rid of or lose (weight) by or as if by sweating or being sweated 4. to make wet with perspiration 5. a. to cause to excrete moisture from the skin b. to drive hard ; overwork c. to exact work from at low wages and under unfair or unhealthful conditions d. slang to give the third degree to 6. to cause to exude or lose moisture; especially to subject (as tobacco leaves) to fermentation 7. a. to extract something valuable from by unfair or dishonest means ; fleece b. to remove particles of metal from (a coin) by abrasion 8. a. to heat (as solder) so as to melt and cause to run especially between surfaces to unite them; also to unite by such means <
sweat a pipe joint
>
b. to heat so as to extract an easily fusible constituent <
sweat bismuth ore
>
c. to sauté in a covered vessel until natural juices are exuded 9. slang to worry about <
doesn't sweat the small stuff — Barry McDermott
>
II. noun Date: 13th century 1. hard work ; drudgery 2. the fluid excreted from the sweat glands of the skin ; perspiration 3. moisture issuing from or gathering in drops on a surface 4. a. the condition of one sweating or sweated b. a spell of sweating 5. a state of anxiety or impatience 6. plural a. sweat suit b. sweatpants

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  • sweat — [swet] vi. sweat or sweated, sweating [ME sweten < OE swætan < swat, sweat, akin to Ger schweissen < IE base * sweid , to sweat > Gr hidros, L sudor, sweat] 1. to give forth a characteristic salty moisture through the pores of the… …   English World dictionary

  • Sweat — Sweat, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sweat} or {Sweated} (Obs. {Swat}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sweating}.] [OE. sweten, AS. sw[ae]tan, fr. sw[=a]t, n., sweat; akin to OFries. & OS. sw[=e]t, D. zweet, OHG. sweiz, G. schweiss, Icel. sviti, sveiti, Sw. svett, Dan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sweat — Sweat, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sweat} or {Sweated} (Obs. {Swat}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sweating}.] [OE. sweten, AS. sw[ae]tan, fr. sw[=a]t, n., sweat; akin to OFries. & OS. sw[=e]t, D. zweet, OHG. sweiz, G. schweiss, Icel. sviti, sveiti, Sw. svett, Dan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sweat — ► NOUN 1) moisture exuded through the pores of the skin, especially as a reaction to heat, physical exertion, or anxiety. 2) informal a state of anxiety or distress. 3) informal hard work or a laborious undertaking. ► VERB (past and past part.… …   English terms dictionary

  • Sweat — Sweat, n. [Cf. OE. swot, AS. sw[=a]t. See {Sweat}, v. i.] 1. (Physiol.) The fluid which is excreted from the skin of an animal; the fluid secreted by the sudoriferous glands; a transparent, colorless, acid liquid with a peculiar odor, containing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sweat — Sweat, v. t. 1. To cause to excrete moisture from the skin; to cause to perspire; as, his physicians attempted to sweat him by most powerful sudorifics. [1913 Webster] 2. To emit or suffer to flow from the pores; to exude. [1913 Webster] It made… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sweat — (v.) O.E. swætan perspire, work hard. The noun is from O.E. swat sweat (which became M.E. swote, but altered under the influence of the verb), from P.Gmc. *swaita (Cf. O.S., O.Fris. swet, O.N. sveiti, Dan. sved sweat, Swed. svett, M.Du. sweet, Du …   Etymology dictionary

  • sweat — sweat; sweat·er; sweat·ered; sweat·ful; sweat·i·ly; sweat·i·ness; sweat·less; …   English syllables

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  • sweat — shirt [ switʃɶrt; swɛtʃɶrt ] n. m. • 1939; mot angl. « survêtement d athlète », de sweat « sueur » et shirt « chemise » ♦ Anglic. Pull over de sport en coton molletonné ou en tissu éponge, ras le cou ou à col montant, terminé à la taille et aux… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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