He perspired, spent a whole day over it, and hung it up again in its place.
For a week, she toiled and perspired and suffered and was strong.
I perspired so much that mother put a life-preserver to bed with me.
As it was, I perspired about a barrel and my brain ached for a week.
How he perspired as he managed the hoe with a vigorous forward and backward motion that seemed to cleave him at the waist!
He was a man who perspired freely, and now, in that single minute, his face trickled.
Old Garcia perspired with anguish as he looked over his caravan, and figured up the cost in his head.
He foresaw that he would be punished, and perspired both water and blood.
He perspired freely, mopping his brow meantime with a vast silk kerchief that hung loosely about his short neck.
Before the Rebels were up I was in it, and there I sat and perspired for six mortal hours.
1640s, "to evaporate through the pores," a back-formation from perspiration and in part from Latin perspirare "to breathe, to blow constantly" (see perspiration). Meaning "to sweat" is a polite usage attested from 1725. Medical men tried to maintain a distinction between "sensible" (sweat) and "insensible" perspiration:
[I]t is sufficient for common use to observe, that perspiration is that insensible discharge of vapour from the whole surface of the body and the lungs which is constantly going on in a healthy state; that it is always natural and always salutary; that sweat, on the contrary, is an evacuation, which never appears without some uncommon effort, or some disease to the system, that it weakens and relaxes, and is so far from coinciding with perspiration, that it obstructs and checks it. [Charles White, "A Treatise on the Management of Pregnant and Lying-in Women," London, 1791]Related: Perspired; perspiring.
perspire per·spire (pər-spīr')
v. per·spired, per·spir·ing, per·spires
To excrete perspiration through the pores of the skin.