[c]/swɛt / (say swet)

verb (sweat or sweated, sweating)
verb (i)
1. to excrete watery fluid through the pores of the skin, as from heat, exertion, etc.; perspire, especially freely or profusely.
2. to exude moisture, as green plants piled in a heap.
3. to gather moisture from the surrounding air by condensation.
4. (of tobacco) to ferment.
5. Colloquial to exert oneself strenuously; work hard.
6. Colloquial to feel distress, as from anxiety, impatience, vexation, etc.
verb (t)
7. to emit (watery fluid, etc.) through the pores of the skin.
8. to exude (moisture, etc.) in drops or small particles.
9. to wet or stain with perspiration.
10. to cause (a person, a horse, etc.) to sweat.
11. to cause (substances, etc.) to exude moisture, especially as a step in some industrial process of treating or preparing.
12. to cause (persons, etc.) to work hard.
13. to employ (workers) at low wages, for long hours or under other unfavourable conditions.
14. Colloquial to deprive (a person) of money, etc., as by exaction.
15. Colloquial to subject (a person) to severe questioning in order to extract information.
16. to borrow (someone's horse) without permission.
17. Metallurgy
a. to heat (metal) to partial fusion in order to remove an easily fusible constituent.
b. to heat (solder or the like) until it melts.
c. to join (metal objects) by heating and pressing together, usually with solder.
18. to remove part of the metal from (coins, especially gold) by friction, as by shaking them in a bag.
19. to cause (tobacco) to ferment.
20. the process of sweating or perspiring, as from heat, exertion, perturbation, disease, etc.
21. the secretions of sweat glands; the product of sweating.
22. a state or period of sweating.
23. the process of inducing sweat as medical or other treatment.
24. moisture or liquid matter exuded from something or gathered on a surface in drops or small particles.
25. an exuding of moisture by a substance, etc., or an inducing of such exudation, as in some industrial process.
26. a run given to a horse for exercise, as before a race.
27. Colloquial a state of perturbation, anxiety, or impatience.
28. Colloquial hard work.
29. in a sweat,
a. bathed in perspiration.
b. anxiously concerned: in a sweat about a possible promotion.
30. no sweat, Colloquial (an expression of reassurance.)
31. sweat blood, Colloquial to be under a strain; be anxious; worry.
32. sweat it out, Colloquial to hold out; endure until the end.
33. sweat on, Colloquial to await anxiously: *the wallopers might be hanging around sweating on you when you come in. –nino culotta (john o'grady), 1962.
34. sweat out (or off), to get rid of by sweating.
{Middle English swete(n), Old English swǣtan}
sweatless, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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