perspiration

noun
per·​spi·​ra·​tion | \ ˌpər-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce perspiration (audio) \

Definition of perspiration

1 : the action or process of perspiring
2 : a saline fluid secreted by the sweat glands : sweat

Examples of perspiration in a Sentence

She wiped the perspiration from her forehead.
Recent Examples on the Web What about maskless conversations for 2-3 minutes in which saliva and perspiration could be exchanged? Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Nets sold out for James Harden, but will it be worth it?," 16 Jan. 2021 At the other end of the spectrum is cotton, which won't serve you well if your socks get wet from either outside moisture or perspiration. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things To Consider When Buying Thick Socks," 19 Sep. 2019 These two tops from Element Outdoors are stretchy, lightweight, and cool to the touch, with wicking fabric to beat perspiration and two types of Polygiene to combat odor. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Hunting Gift Guide for Women," 18 Nov. 2020 More traditionally a performance piece, the Lands’ End technical fabric called Thermaskin is said to absorb moisture and wick away perspiration, both key to keeping you warmer in winter. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "The cutest turtlenecks under $50," 2 Nov. 2020 Your boots might keep the water out, but your feet will get just as soaked from perspiration. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things To Know Before You Buy Your Next Pair Of Rubber Boots," 26 Aug. 2019 As the debate wore on, perspiration formed on his face and upper lip. Washington Post, "Lillian Brown, makeup artist and image consultant for nine presidents, dies at 106," 26 Sep. 2020 Skip the backpack—anything too close to your body will trap perspiration—and add a bike basket instead. Todd Plummer, WSJ, "What to Wear to a Zoom Interview, and Other Style Dilemmas, Solved," 26 Sep. 2020 Judging from the perspiration on his forehead, his full-face plastic head cap was hot, very hot, but Steiz hardly noticed — this was his moment. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Ready to strike a pose? KMAC Couture's wearable art fashion show turns into movie for 2020," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of perspiration

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of perspiration was in 1583

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24 Jan 2021

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“Perspiration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perspiration. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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perspiration

noun

English Language Learners Definition of perspiration

somewhat formal
: the clear liquid that forms on your skin when you are hot or nervous
: the act or process of perspiring

perspiration

noun
per·​spi·​ra·​tion | \ ˌpər-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce perspiration (audio) \

Kids Definition of perspiration

1 : the act or process of perspiring
2 : salty liquid given off from skin glands

perspiration

noun
per·​spi·​ra·​tion | \ ˌpər-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce perspiration (audio) \

Medical Definition of perspiration

1 : the act or process of perspiring
2 : a saline fluid that is secreted by the sweat glands, that consists chiefly of water containing sodium chloride and other salts, nitrogenous substances (as urea), carbon dioxide, and other solutes, and that serves both as a means of excretion and as a regulator of body temperature through the cooling effect of its evaporation

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