sweat

sweat [swet]
vi.
sweat or sweated, sweating [ME sweten < OE swætan < swat, sweat, akin to Ger schweissen < IE base * sweid-, to sweat > Gr hidros, L sudor, sweat]
1. to give forth a characteristic salty moisture through the pores of the skin; perspire
2.
a) to give forth moisture in droplets on its surface, as a ripening cheese does
b) to collect and condense water in droplets on its surface, as a glass of ice water does in a warm room
3. to ferment: said of tobacco leaves, etc.
4. to come forth in drops through pores or a porous surface; ooze
5. to work hard enough to cause sweating
6. Informal to suffer distress, anxiety, etc.
vt.
1.
a) to give forth (moisture) through pores or a porous surface
b) to collect and condense (moisture) on the surface
2. to cause to sweat, or perspire, as by drugs, exercise, heat, etc.
3. to cause to give forth moisture; esp., to ferment [to sweat tobacco leaves]
4. to make wet with sweat, or perspiration
5. to heat (a metal) in order to extract an easily fusible constituent
6.
a) to heat (solder) until it melts
b) to unite (metal parts) by heating at the point of contact
7. to remove particles of metal from (a coin) illegally, as by abrading
8.
a) to cause to work so hard as to sweat; overwork
b) to cause (employees) to work long hours at low wages under poor working conditions; exploit (workers)
9. Informal
a) to get information from by torture or by long, grueling questioning; subject to the third degree
b) to get (information) in this way
10. Slang to try hard or too hard to get or achieve
n.
[altered < the v. < ME swat < OE]
1. the clear, alkaline, salty liquid given forth in drops through the pores of the skin; perspiration
2. moisture given forth or collected in droplets on the surface of something
3.
a) the act or condition of sweating or being sweated
b) an artificially induced sweating
4. a condition of eagerness, anxiety, impatience, etc.
5. hard work; drudgery
6. exercise, as a run, given a horse before a race
7. [pl.] clothes worn for exercising, warming up, etc.; specif., a sweat suit
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☆ no sweat
Slang no trouble or difficulty at all; easily done: often used interjectionally
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sweat blood Slang
1. to work very hard; overwork
2. to be impatient, apprehensive, anxious, etc.
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sweat it
Slang to be annoyed by something
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sweat off
to get rid of (weight) by sweating
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☆ sweat out Informal
1. to get rid of or try to get rid of by sweating [to sweat out a cold]
2. to wait or suffer through (some ordeal, nuisance, etc.)
3. to anticipate or wait anxiously or impatiently for

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  • Sweat — Sweat, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sweat} or {Sweated} (Obs. {Swat}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sweating}.] [OE. sweten, AS. sw[ae]tan, fr. sw[=a]t, n., sweat; akin to OFries. & OS. sw[=e]t, D. zweet, OHG. sweiz, G. schweiss, Icel. sviti, sveiti, Sw. svett, Dan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sweat — ► NOUN 1) moisture exuded through the pores of the skin, especially as a reaction to heat, physical exertion, or anxiety. 2) informal a state of anxiety or distress. 3) informal hard work or a laborious undertaking. ► VERB (past and past part.… …   English terms dictionary

  • Sweat — Sweat, n. [Cf. OE. swot, AS. sw[=a]t. See {Sweat}, v. i.] 1. (Physiol.) The fluid which is excreted from the skin of an animal; the fluid secreted by the sudoriferous glands; a transparent, colorless, acid liquid with a peculiar odor, containing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sweat — Sweat, v. t. 1. To cause to excrete moisture from the skin; to cause to perspire; as, his physicians attempted to sweat him by most powerful sudorifics. [1913 Webster] 2. To emit or suffer to flow from the pores; to exude. [1913 Webster] It made… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sweat — (v.) O.E. swætan perspire, work hard. The noun is from O.E. swat sweat (which became M.E. swote, but altered under the influence of the verb), from P.Gmc. *swaita (Cf. O.S., O.Fris. swet, O.N. sveiti, Dan. sved sweat, Swed. svett, M.Du. sweet, Du …   Etymology dictionary

  • sweat — sweat; sweat·er; sweat·ered; sweat·ful; sweat·i·ly; sweat·i·ness; sweat·less; …   English syllables

  • sweat´i|ly — sweat|y «SWEHT ee», adjective, sweat|i|er, sweat|i|est. 1. covered or wet with sweat; sweating. 2. causing sweat: »the sweaty forge (Matthew Prior) …   Useful english dictionary

  • sweat|y — «SWEHT ee», adjective, sweat|i|er, sweat|i|est. 1. covered or wet with sweat; sweating. 2. causing sweat: »the sweaty forge (Matthew Prior) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sweat — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Keith Sweat (* 1961), US amerikanischer Sänger, Liedschreiber und Musikproduzent Lorenzo De Medici Sweat (1818–1898), US amerikanischer Politiker Sweat bezeichnet: ein Lied von Snoop Dogg aus dem Jahr 2010 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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