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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun sweat:


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Definition of the noun sweat

What does sweat mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: sweats

  1. salty fluid secreted by sweat glands
    • example: sweat poured off his brow
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonyms of sweat: perspiration / sudor
    • more generic word: secretion = a functionally specialized substance (especially one that is not a waste) released from a gland or cell
    • substance: water / H2O = binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade
  2. agitation resulting from active worry
    • example: he's in a sweat about exams
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of sweat: fret / lather / stew / swither
    • more generic word: agitation = a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
  3. condensation of moisture on a cold surface
    • example: the cold glasses were streaked with sweat
    • lexical domain: Natural Phenomena - nouns denoting natural phenomena
    • more generic words: condensate / condensation = atmospheric moisture that has condensed because of cold
  4. use of physical or mental energy; hard work

Alternative definition of the noun sweat


  1. [physiology] Fluid that exits the body through pores in the skin usually due to physical stress and/or high temperature for the purpose of regulating body temperature and removing certain compounds from the circulation.
  2. [British, slang, military slang, especially WWI] A soldier (especially one who is old or experienced).
  3. [historical] The sweating sickness.

Specialised definition of the noun sweat

Glossary of sports

a salty liquid produced by the sweat glands to cool the body as the liquid evaporates from the skin (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a run that a horse has before a race, as exercise (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb sweat

What does sweat mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin
    • examples: Exercise makes one sweat | Sam and Sue sweat | Did his feet sweat?
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Paul breathedVerbs Involving the Body: barf, bleed, dribble, drool, pee, piss, puke, shit, spit, throw up, vomit, weep
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]The dragon breathed fire
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] on / onto [Oblique]The dragon breathed fire on Mary
      [Agent - being] [Verb] on / onto [Oblique]Paul breathed on Mary
      there [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]There bubbled a fragant stew over the fireVerbs of Emission: belch, bleed, bubble, dribble, drip, drool, emanate, exude, foam, gush, jet, leak, ooze, percolate, pour, puff, radiate, seep, shed, slop, spew, spill, spout, sprout, spurt, squirt, steam, stream, trickle
      [Agent] [Verb] [Source]I bled him
      [Agent] [Verb] [Theme]The bill shed 50 pages of pork-barrel addons
      [Location] [Verb] with [Theme]The streets gushed with water
      [Source] [Verb]The fountain gushed
      [Source] [Verb] [Theme]The well gushed oil
      [Theme - inanimate] [Verb] outThe water seeped out
      [Theme - inanimate] [Verb] from / out of [Source]Oil gushed from the well
      [Theme - inanimate] [Verb] [Path Preposition] [Location]Water gushed through the streets
      [Locative Preposition] [Location] [Verb] [Theme]Over the fire bubbled a fragant stew
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonyms of sweat: perspire / sudate
    • more generic words: egest / eliminate / excrete / pass = eliminate from the body
    • more specific word: swelter = suffer from intense heat

Alternative definition of the verb sweat


  1. [intransitive] To emit sweat.
  2. [intransitive, informal] To work hard.
  3. [intransitive, informal] To worry.
  4. [transitive, colloquial] To worry about (something). [definition from 20th c.]
  5. [transitive] To emit, in the manner of sweat.
  6. [intransitive, plumbing] To solder (a pipe joint) together.
  7. [transitive, slang] To stress out.


SWEAT stands for southwestern United States and East Antarctica, which theorizes that the Southwestern United States was at one time connected to East Antarctica.


  1. "Sweat" a.k.a. "Wet" is the official lead single from hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg's eleventh studio album Doggumentary. The original version was produced by The Cataracs. "Wet" reached #40 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, #18 on the Hot Rap Songs and #13 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. A sequel to the song, entitled "Sweat", was released by French disc jockey David Guetta, on March 4, 2011.
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  2. "Sweat" is the third studio album by American rapper Nelly. It was originally intended to be released on August 17, 2004, before being delayed and released on September 13, 2004 through Universal Records. Production was handled by several producers, including Jason Epperson, Midi Mafia, The Neptunes, Trife, Jazze Pha, Doe, and The Alchemist. Released in conjunction with Suit, Nelly originally intended to release a single album before conceptualizing and releasing two albums simultaneously, both which would contrast each other's themes. Nelly characterized Sweat as "more up-tempo" and "energetic" while describing Suit as more of "a grown-up and sexy vibe [...] it's more melodic".
  3. "Sweat" is the debut album by Belgian-Turkish R&B singer Hadise which was released in November 2005. The album was released in both Belgium and Turkey. Hadise released 4 singles from this album - Sweat, Milk Chocolate Girl, Ain't No Love Lost and Stir Me Up - before releasing the single "Bad Boy" which was supposed to be included on a re-release of the album, which was eventually never released due to legal reasons.
    • also known as Sweat - Special Edition (disc 1), Sweat - Special Edition (disc 2)
    • genre: Contemporary R&B
    • released in (10 years ago)
  4. "Sweat" is the first single by Belgian-Turkish singer Hadise from her debut album Sweat.
  5. "Sweat" / Wet is a 2010 single by Snoop Dogg.
    • also known as Sweat / Wet
    • released on (5 years ago)
  6. "Sweat" is a song recorded by American recording artist Ciara for her self-titled fifth album Ciara, originally titled One Woman Army. Featuring guest vocals from rapper 2 Chainz, "Sweat" is Ciara's debut release under Epic Records after publicly asking to leave previous label Jive Records. The label failed to support Ciara creatively and financially on previous albums, Fantasy Ride and Basic Instinct, contributing to poor performance of both albums. Ciara's contract with Epic Records reunited the singer with her mentor L.A. Reid, who is credited as originally signing the singer to his LaFace Records label during the beginning of her career in 2004, as well as having a hand in producing her debut album, Goodies.
  7. "Sweat" is the debut album recorded by an American band The System, released in the United States under Mirage-Atlantic label. It has been produced by its band members, namely David Frank, Mic Murphy. The album features two commercially successful songs "It's Passion" and "You Are in My System".
    • genre: Synthpop
    • released in (32 years ago)
  8. "Sweat" a.k.a. "Sweat (A La La La La Long)" is a song by the Jamaican reggae fusion band Inner Circle. It was released in August 1992 as the lead single from their album, Bad to the Bone.
  9. "Sweat" is the eighteenth studio album by the band Kool and the Gang, released in 1989 following a three-year gap between albums. J.T. Taylor and Khalis Bayyan had departed, and this album showed a refocused band.
  10. "Sweat" is a musical single of U.S.U.R.A..
    • released in (22 years ago)
  11. "Sweat" is a musical single of Bow Wow.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  12. "Sweat" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  13. "Sweat" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  14. "Sweat" is a musical album of Die Haut.
    • released on (22 years ago)
  15. "Sweat" is a musical EP of Stacey Pullen.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  16. "Sweat" is a musical single of DJ Roxanne Dawn.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  17. "Sweat" is a musical EP of The Micronauts.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  18. "Sweat" is a musical single of Raul Geisler.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  19. "Sweat" is a composition.
  20. "Sweat" is a musical single of Jay Williams.
    • released in (25 years ago)


  1. "Sweat" is a short story by the American writer Zora Neale Hurston, first published in 1926. The story revolves around a washerwoman and her unemployed, insecure husband.
    • also known as ""Sweat" (Women Writers (New Brunswick, N.J.).)"
    • genre: Fiction
    • subjects: Literary criticism, African American
    • released in (89 years ago)
  2. "Sweat" is a Brazilian Modernist novel. It was written by Jorge Amado in 1934.
    • also known as "Suor", "Suor (Language: French)"
    • language: Portuguese Language
    • released in (81 years ago)
  3. "Sweat" is a book written by Lucy Jane Bledsoe.
    • genre: Fiction
    • released in (20 years ago)
    • award: - Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction nomination for Lucy Jane Bledsoe


  1. Sweat is an Australian drama series created by John Rapsey and produced by Barron Entertainment in Perth. The show aired on Network Ten in 1996 and centred on students at an Australian school for the athletically gifted.
  2. "Sweat" is a 2007 short drama film directed by Hong Jin Na.
    • also known as Sudor
    • country: South Korea
    • language: Korean Language
    • director: Na Hong-jin
    • genres: East Asian cinema, World cinema, Drama
    • released in (8 years ago)
  3. "Sweat" is a film.


  1. Sweat: The fluid secretion that cools the skin.
  2. SWEAT is an OLN/TSN show hosted by Julie Zwillich that aired in 2003-2004.

Phrases with Sweat

Phrases starting with the word Sweat:

  1. sweat bag
  2. sweat off
  3. Sweat Bees
  4. sweat duct
  5. Sweat rash
  6. sweat room
  7. sweat sock
  8. sweat suit
  9. sweat gland
  10. sweat pants
  11. sweat equity
  12. Sweat It Out
  13. Sweat Bullets
  14. Sweat Like a Pig
  15. Sweat of One's Brow

Phrases ending with the word Sweat:

  1. No Sweat
  2. Old Sweat
  3. cold sweat
  4. Break a Sweat

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sweat

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Google previewNominations to the Federal Communications Commission (2005)

Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session, May 17, 2001

Joe DeSoto is the lead yard employee, and Barry Sweat is the mechanic shop foreman.3 Saiyad Ahmed, the senior...

Google previewTravelers' Tales Brazil (2004)

True Stories by Annette Haddad, Scott Doggett

Sweat is the natural lubricant for our grinding parts. The sole way to make progress through this orange- and-yellow tinsel-draped orgy is to ...

Google previewThe Velocity of Honey (2006)

And More Science of Everyday Life by Jay Ingram

One twenty-one-year-old man studied by this same team in the 1960s was incapable of sweating, and attracted fewer bites, but that's a pretty high price to pay for freedom from mosquitoes — being unable to sweat is a serious disability.

Google previewA History of the Most Remarkable Pestilential Distempers that Have Appeared in Europe for Three Hundred Years Last Past (1722)

With what Proved Successful Or Hurtful in Their Cure. ... By R. Brookes ... by Richard Brookes

The more Buboes there are, the better; the more Carbuncles, the worse: Large free Sweating is a good Sign ; a cold Sweat is a bad, as likewise if the Extremities of the Body are cold, particularly the tfojh. The Dropping of the Nose is mortal.

Google previewThe Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine (1995)

A New Translation of the Neijing Suwen with Commentary by Maoshing Ni

Sweat is the manifestation of the heart; mucus is the manifestation of the lung; tears are the manifestation of the liver; digestive fluid is the manifestation of the spleen; saliva is the manifestation of ...

Google previewThe Handbook of Touch (2011)

Neuroscience, Behavioral, and Health Perspectives by Dr. Matthew J. Hertenstein, PhD, Dr. Sandra J. Weiss, PhD, DNSc, RN

Sweat is a clear, odor-free, colorless, slightly acidic fluid that is almost fully water (99.0–99.5%), with the remainder consisting of the electrolytes NaCl, K+ and HCO3-, and some inorganic compounds (such as lactate, urea, ammonia, calcium, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Ancient Mesoamerica (2000)

by Joel W. Palka

SWEAT BATH. Important for cleansing and ritual purification of the body and for healing and medicinal purposes, sweat baths were ubiquitous in ancient Mesoamerica and are still found in many indigenous communities today. Ancient sweat ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health (2010)

goose bump sweat gland The body temperature is normally about 98.40F ( 37°C). If the surrounding temperature rises, the body's thermoregulation system ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Skin and Skin Disorders, Third Edition (2009)

by Carol Turkington, Jeffrey S. Dover

sweat glands, disorders of 363 forming an ABSCESS (in solid tissue) or a BOIL or PUSTULE on the skin. Open sores often weep pus like this, especially when they do not heal well, because the exposed tissue gets reinfected with bacteria ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica (1878)

A Record of the Positive Effects of Drugs Upon the Healthy Human Organism by Timothy Field Allen

Much perspiratiou, sometimes hot, sometimes cold, particularly in the hands and feet ; constant disposition to sweat, both night and day,6. — *Profwse ftu"eat, while walking,1; — Continuous moisture, day and night,1. — Profuse perspiration ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011)

by Colin Larkin

Blood, Sweat And Tears The jazz/rock excursions made by Blood, Sweat And Tears offered a refreshing change to late 60s guitar-dominated rock music. The many impressive line-ups of the band comprised (among others) David ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Medicine (1882)

Including General Pathology, General Therapeutics, Hygiene, and the Diseases Peculiar to Women and Children by Richard Quain

DTSIDBOBI8 (Sti, with difficulty, and ISpas, sweat). — This is a disorder of the sweat- follicles hitherto confounded with eczema, and first differentiated therefrom and accurately described by the writer. It occurs in winter as well as in summer, ...

Google previewThe Ayurveda Encyclopedia (2007)

Natural Secrets to Healing, Prevention, and Longevity by Swami Sadashiva Tirtha

Scanty, difficult, or painful urination Sweat Swedavaha Lack of or deficient sweat, rough skin, burning sensation, hair standing on end Uterus Artavaha Scanty or ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1775)

Answering at Once the Purposes of Rhyming, Spelling, and Pronouncing. On a Plan Not Hitherto Attempted ... To which is Prefixed a Copious Introduction to the Various Uses of the Work ... and for the Purposes of Poetry is Added an Index of Allowable Rhymes by John Walker

Sweat Matter from the pores; toil, rhymes net, s. To sweat To emit sweat; toil; drudge, v. Fat The oily part of flesh; vessel for coals, corn, &c. s.

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Quotes about Sweat

Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy sweat will get you change. (Jesse Louis Jackson)
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Scrabble value of S1W4E1A1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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