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
Do you know the history of his aversion to the word transpire
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.
She cautioned Morton not to let a word transpire that they had held any conversation during the time they had been together, and to speak but little before Mrs. Belton, lest she should suspect what had really happened.
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Evapotranspiration occurs when plants secrete or "transpire" water through pores in their leaves.
Just as you release water vapor when you breathe, plants do, too — although the term "transpire" is more appropriate than "breath."
Possibly some newspaper correspondent in Eastbourne would hear of the kidnaping exploit, and describe the Eastern aspect of its chief actor, Mrs. Forbes's name would "transpire" in the paragraph, and, by putting two and two together the lynx-eyed journalism of London would ferret out a good deal of the truth.
These claims do not differ in their character from ordinary business transactions such as transpire every day between private persons or business corporations.
Everything that does kind of transpire -- the whole we've-got-no-sugar thing and a fracas with sister Mary not providing customer service -- seem so contrived and, frankly, in consequential.