verb (used without object), per·spired, per·spir·ing.
verb (used with object), per·spired, per·spir·ing.
- persson, göran,
Origin of perspire
Examples from the Web for perspiring
Sometimes, when perspiring heavily and feeling warm Breman would fear the worst.
With entire gravity Mr. Hunt presented his, and Polly, wiping her eyes and perspiring forehead, coolly retained the handkerchief.The Camp Fire Girls in After Years|Margaret Vandercook
Now they moved toward the door, and Flora followed, red and perspiring.The Shoulders of Atlas|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Their voices and laughter reached him over the heads of the perspiring people through the suffocating heat.The Child of Pleasure|Gabriele D'Annunzio
Word Origin for perspire
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.