sweating

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sweting, swetinge, equivalent to sweat +‎ -ing (gerund ending).

Noun[edit]

sweating (countable and uncountable, plural sweatings)

  1. The production and evaporation of a watery fluid called sweat that is excreted by the sweat glands in the skin of mammals.
    • 1797, Colin Macfarquhar & ‎George Gleig, Encyclopædia Britannica:
      In its favour may be urged, I. That in healthy persons, in every case of increased action of the heart and arteries, a sweating takes place, and is, seemingly, the means of preventing the bad effects of such increased action.
    • 1870, Timothy Holmes, A System of Surgery: Theoretical and Practical (volume 1, page 288)
      In this early stage there is generally a tendency to constipation of the bowels, and in the intervals between the sweatings the urine remains clear, though not abundant. In the second degree, the emaciation is more noticeable.
    • 1973, Oliver Sacks, Awakenings:
      Her jet-black hair would be heavily braided, and her face chalky-white from its coating of powder (she suffered from constant sweatings and seborrhoea).
  2. (botany) Mucilage, especially of cocoa.

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Verb[edit]

sweating

  1. present participle of sweat

Adjective[edit]

sweating (comparative more sweating, superlative most sweating)

  1. Giving off sweat.
    A sweating man stepped out of the sauna, wrapping himself in a towel.
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