verb (used without object), sweat or sweated, sweating.
to perspire, especially freely or profusely.
to exude moisture, as green plants piled in a heap or cheese.
to gather moisture from the surrounding air by condensation.
(of moisture or liquid) to ooze or be exuded.
Informal. to work hard.
Informal. to experience distress, as from anxiety.
(of tobacco) to ferment.
verb (used with object), sweat or sweated, sweating.
to excrete (perspiration, moisture, etc.) through the pores of the skin.
to exude in drops or small particles:
The drying figs sweat tiny drops of moisture.
to send forth or get rid of with or like perspiration (often followed by out or off).
to wet or stain with perspiration.
to cause (a person, a horse, etc.) to perspire.
to cause to exude moisture, especially as a step in an industrial drying process:
to sweat wood.
to earn, produce, or obtain (a result, promotion, compliment, etc.) by hard work.
to cause to lose (weight) as by perspiring or hard work:
The hard week’s work sweated five pounds off him.
to cause, force, or bring pressure on (a person, an animal, etc.) to work hard.
to employ (workers) at low wages, for long hours, or under other unfavorable conditions.
to labor with meticulous care over:
The manufacturer of this beautiful car has really sweated the details.
to obtain or extort (money) from someone.
to extort money from; fleece.
Slang. to subject to severe questioning; give the third degree to.
to heat (an alloy) in order to remove a constituent melting at a lower temperature than the alloy as a whole.
to heat (solder or the like) to melting.
to join (metal objects) by heating and pressing together, usually with solder.
to remove bits of metal from (gold coins) by shaking them against one another, as in a bag.
Compare clip1 (def 4).
to cause (tobacco or cocoa) to ferment.
the process of sweating or perspiring.
that which is secreted from sweat glands; perspiration.
a state or a period of sweating.
Informal. a state of anxiety or impatience.
a process of inducing sweating or perspiration, or of being sweated, as in medical treatment.
moisture exuded from something or gathered on a surface.
an exuding of moisture, as by a substance.
an inducing of such exudation, as in some industrial process.
a run given to a horse for exercise, as before a race.
sweats, Informal. sweatpants, sweatshirts, sweat suits, or the like.
(of clothes) made to be worn for exercise, sports, or other physical activity.
made of the absorbent fabric used for such clothes:
of, for, or associated with such clothes:
the sweat look in sportswear.
sweat out, Informal.
to await anxiously the outcome of; endure apprehensively:
The accused sweated out the jury’s deliberation.
to work arduously at or toward:
The director sweated out a camera angle with the cinematographer.
no sweat, Informal. with no difficulty or problem.
sweat blood, Informal.
to be under a strain; work strenuously.
to wait anxiously; worry:
He was sweating blood while his friend was being questioned by the police.
sweat bullets, Informal.
to sweat profusely.
to be apprehensive; worry.
sweat it, Informal.
to wait anxiously; endure the best way one can:
There was no news of survivors, so all we could do was sweat it.
to worry; be apprehensive:
You’ll do OK, so don’t sweat it.
the secretion from the sweat glands, esp when profuse and visible, as during strenuous activity, from excessive heat, etc; commonly also called perspiration related adjectives sudatory sudorific
the act or process of secreting this fluid
the act of inducing the exudation of moisture
drops of moisture given forth or gathered on the surface of something
(informal) a state or condition of worry or eagerness (esp in the phrase in a sweat)
(slang) drudgery or hard labour: mowing lawns is a real sweat!
(mainly US) an exercise gallop given to a horse, esp on the day of a race
(slang, mainly Brit) a soldier, esp one who is old and experienced
(interjection) (slang) no sweat!, an expression suggesting that something can be done without problems or difficulty
verb sweats, sweating, sweat, sweated
to secrete (sweat) through the pores of the skin, esp profusely
(transitive) to make wet or stain with sweat
to give forth or cause to give forth (moisture) in droplets: a sweating cheese, the maple sweats sap
(intransitive) to collect and condense moisture on an outer surface: a glass of beer sweating in the sun
(intransitive) (of a liquid) to pass through a porous surface in droplets
(of tobacco leaves, cut and dried hay, etc) to exude moisture and, sometimes, begin to ferment or to cause (tobacco leaves, etc) to exude moisture
(transitive) to heat (food, esp vegetables) slowly in butter in a tightly closed saucepan
(transitive) to join (pieces of metal) by pressing together and heating
(transitive) to heat (solder) until it melts
(transitive) to heat (a partially fused metal) to extract an easily fusible constituent
to shake together (coins, esp gold coins) so as to remove particles for illegal use
(informal) to suffer anxiety, impatience, or distress
(informal) to overwork or be overworked
(transitive) (informal) to employ at very low wages and under bad conditions
(transitive) (informal) to extort, esp by torture: to sweat information out of a captive
(intransitive) (informal) to suffer punishment: you’ll sweat for this!
(informal) sweat blood
to work very hard
to be filled with anxiety or impatience
v. sweat·ed or sweat, sweat·ing, sweats
To excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin; perspire. n.
The colorless saline moisture excreted by the sweat glands; perspiration.
The process of sweating.
The salty liquid given off by sweat glands in the skin of mammals. As sweat evaporates, the skin cools, causing a reduction in body heat.
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noun 1. a band lining the inside of a hat or cap to protect it against sweat from the head. 2. a band of fabric worn around the head to absorb sweat. noun 1. a band of material set in a hat or cap to protect it from sweat 2. a piece of cloth tied […]
noun 1. any of several bees of the family Halictidae that are attracted by perspiration.
noun 1. a sauna or other enclosure for sweating. 2. any uncomfortably warm room or environment. 3. a box or cell in which a prisoner is punished or given the third degree. 4. a device for removing moisture from tobacco leaves, figs, raisins, etc. noun 1. a device for causing tobacco leaves, fruit, or hides […]
adjective 1. made by underpaid workers. 2. underpaid and overworked. 3. having poor working conditions. verb (used without object), sweat or sweated, sweating. 1. to perspire, especially freely or profusely. 2. to exude moisture, as green plants piled in a heap or cheese. 3. to gather moisture from the surrounding air by condensation. 4. (of […]