Definitions

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

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

Etymologies

French transpirer, from Medieval Latin trānspīrāre : Latin trāns-, trans- + Latin spīrāre, to breathe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French transpirer, to perspire, from Latin transpirare, to breathe through, from trans, across + spirare, to breathe (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Is a humpire a vampire who hums while he (she) works? You never know where he (she) will call a strike. Get seriesous! no cojones!

    October 29, 2009

  • What about a female vampire who dresses like a male vampire?

    October 29, 2009

  • Okay, a list there shall be.

    March 25, 2009

  • Haha!

    March 25, 2009

  • What, only one? We could have a whole list of vampires, methinks.

    March 25, 2009

  • n. 'A male vampire who dresses like a female vampire.' (Spotted here)

    March 25, 2009