Definitions for: Sweat


[n] use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"
[n] salty fluid secreted by sweat glands; "sweat poured off his brow"
[n] condensation of moisture on a cold surface; "the cold glasses were streaked with sweat"
[n] agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams"
[v] excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin; "Exercise makes one sweat"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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. sved, L. sudor sweat, sudare to
sweat, Gr. ?, ?, sweat, ? to sweat, Skr. sv[=e]da sweat, svid
to sweat. [root]178. Cf. Exude, Sudary, Sudorific.]
1. To excrete sensible moisture from the pores of the skin;
to perspire. --Shak.

2. Fig.: To perspire in toil; to work hard; to drudge.

He 'd have the poets sweat. --Waller.

3. To emit moisture, as green plants in a heap.


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.

2. To emit or suffer to flow from the pores; to exude.

It made her not a drop for sweat. --Chaucer.

With exercise she sweat ill humors out. --Dryden.

3. To unite by heating, after the application of soldier.

4. To get something advantageous, as money, property, or
labor from (any one), by exaction or oppression; as, to
sweat a spendthrift; to sweat laborers. [Colloq.]

To sweat coin, to remove a portion of a piece of coin, as
by shaking it with others in a bag, so that the friction
wears off a small quantity of the metal.

The only use of it [money] which is interdicted is
to put it in circulation again after having
diminished its weight by ``sweating'', or otherwise,
because the quantity of metal contains is no longer
consistent with its impression. --R. Cobden.


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 some fatty acids and mineral matter;
perspiration. See Perspiration.

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.
--Gen. iii.
19.

2. The act of sweating; or the state of one who sweats;
hence, labor; toil; drudgery. --Shak.

3. Moisture issuing from any substance; as, the sweat of hay
or grain in a mow or stack. --Mortimer.

4. The sweating sickness. [Obs.] --Holinshed.

5. (Man.) A short run by a race horse in exercise.

Sweat box (Naut.), a small closet in which refractory men
are confined.

Sweat glands (Anat.), sudoriferous glands. See under
Sudoriferous.

Synonyms: effort, elbow grease, exertion, fret, lather, perspiration, perspire, stew, sudate, sudor, swither, travail

See Also: agitation, application, condensate, condensation, detrition, difficulty, diligence, egest, eliminate, excrete, exercise, exercising, friction, H2O, labor, labour, least effort, least resistance, overexertion, overkill, pass, physical exercise, physical exertion, pull, rubbing, secretion, strain, straining, struggle, supererogation, sweat off, swelter, toil, trouble, water, workout

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