from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To excrete perspiration through the pores of the skin.
  • transitive v. To expel through external pores; exude.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to emit sweat or perspiration through the skin's pores

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To excrete matter through the skin; esp., to excrete fluids through the pores of the skin; to sweat.
  • intransitive v. To be evacuated or excreted, or to exude, through the pores of the skin.
  • transitive v. To emit or evacuate through the pores of the skin; to sweat; to excrete through pores.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To breathe or blow through.
  • To evacuate the fluids of the body through the ecretories of te skin; perform excretion by the cuticular pores; sweat.
  • To be evacuated or excreted through the excretories of the skin; exude by or through the skin, as a fluid.
  • To emit or evacuate through the excretories of the skin; give out through external pores.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin


Latin perspīrāre, to blow steadily : per-, through; see per- + spīrāre, to breathe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French perspirer, from Latin perspirare ("to breathe everywhere, blow constantly"), from per ("through") + spirare ("to breath"); see spirit. (Wiktionary)


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