Definitions for: Transpire


[v] give off (water) through the skin
[v] come about, happen, or occur; "Several important events transpired last week"
[v] come to light; become known; "It transpired that she had worked as spy in East Germany"
[v] exude water vapor; of plants
[v] pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas



Webster (1913) Definition: Tran*spire", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Transpired; p.
pr. & vb. n. Transpiring.] [F. transpirer; L. trans across,
through + spirare to breathe. See Spirit.]
1. (Physiol.) To pass off in the form of vapor or insensible
perspiration; to exhale.

2. (Bot.) To evaporate from living cells.

3. To escape from secrecy; to become public; as, the
proceedings of the council soon transpired.

The story of Paulina's and Maximilian's mutual
attachment had transpired through many of the
travelers. --De Quincey.

4. To happen or come to pass; to occur.

Note: This sense of the word, which is of comparatively
recent introduction, is common in the United States,
especially in the language of conversation and of
newspaper writers, and is used to some extent in
England. Its use, however, is censured by critics of
both countries.


Tran*spire", v. t.
1. (Physiol.) To excrete through the skin; to give off in the
form of vapor; to exhale; to perspire.

2. (Bot.) To evaporate (moisture) from living cells.

Synonyms: transpirate

See Also: change, come about, evaporate, exudate, exude, flow, flux, go on, hap, happen, occur, ooze, ooze out, pass, pass off, take place, transude, vaporise, vaporize

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