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



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.
  3. (cooking) The gentle heating of vegetables in oil or butter.


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  1. present participle and gerund of sweat


sweating (comparative more sweating, superlative most sweating)

  1. Giving off sweat.
    Synonyms: (dated) asweat, sudorific, sudoriferous, sweaty
    A sweating man stepped out of the sauna, wrapping himself in a towel.

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