verb (used without object), per·spired, per·spir·ing.
verb (used with object), per·spired, per·spir·ing.
Origin of perspire
Examples from the Web for perspired
Philippe was not cold; he perspired in his harness, dreading further questions.Maitre Cornelius|Honore de Balzac
He perspired with rage, and a fragment of coal had settled firmly on his nose.Fair Haven and Foul Strand|August Strindberg
He had perspired so freely from excitement that his collar was as though it had that moment been dipped into a basin of water.Wagner as I Knew Him|Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
Old Garcia perspired with anguish as he looked over his caravan, and figured up the cost in his head.Overland|John William De Forest
We have all gone back to helmets, and perspired freely in the day.The Secrets of a Kuttite|Edward O. Mousley
British Dictionary definitions for perspired
Word Origin for perspire
Word Origin and History for perspired
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.