from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To come about; happen or occur.
  • intransitive verb To become known; come to light.
  • intransitive verb To give off vapor containing waste products, as through animal or plant pores.
  • intransitive verb To give off (vapor containing waste products) through the pores of the skin or the stomata of plant tissue.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To emit through the excretories of the skin or lungs; send off in vapor; exhale.
  • To send out an exhalation; exhale.
  • To pass through or out of some body, as an exhalation; specifically, to be emitted through the excretories of the skin or lungs; exhale; pass off from the body in vapor, as in insensible perspiration.
  • In botany to exhale watery vapor. See transpiration. 2.
  • To escape from secrecy; become public gradually; come to light; ooze out.
  • To happen or come to pass; occur.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb (Physiol.) To excrete through the skin; to give off in the form of vapor; to exhale; to perspire.
  • transitive verb (Bot.) To evaporate (moisture) from living cells.
  • intransitive verb (Physiol.) To pass off in the form of vapor or insensible perspiration; to exhale.
  • intransitive verb (Bot.) To evaporate from living cells.
  • intransitive verb To escape from secrecy; to become public.
  • intransitive verb To happen or come to pass; to occur.

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

  • verb come about, happen, or occur
  • verb exude water vapor
  • verb come to light; become known
  • verb give off (water) through the skin
  • verb pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas


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

[French transpirer, from Medieval Latin trānspīrāre : Latin trāns-, trans- + Latin spīrāre, to breathe.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the French transpirer, to perspire, from Latin transpirare, to breathe through, from trans, across + spirare, to breathe


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  • How many toilsome and anxious hours he passed in the war department, and how well he understood all that was transpiring and all that ought to transpire, is made apparent in the letters he himself wrote to Gen. McClellan during the fifteen months of his command.

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  • Evapotranspiration occurs when plants secrete or "transpire" water through pores in their leaves.

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  • Just as you release water vapor when you breathe, plants do, too — although the term "transpire" is more appropriate than "breath."

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    Number Seventeen 1915

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