Origin: OE. Sweten, AS. Swaetan, fr. Swat, n, sweat; akin to OFries. & OS. Swet, D. Zweet, OHG. Sweiz, G. Schweiss, Icel. Sviti, sveiti, Sw. Svett, Dan. Sved, L. Sudor sweat, sudare to sweat, Gr, sweat, to sweat, Skr. Sveda sweat, svid to sweat. 178. Cf. Exude, Sudary, Sudorific.
4. To get something advantageous, as money, property, or labour from (any one), by exaction or oppression; as, to sweat a spendthrift; to sweat laborers. To sweat coin, to remove a portion of a piece of coin, as by shaking it with others in a bag, so that the friction wears off a small quantity of the metal. The only use of it [money] which is interdicted is to put it in circulation again after having diminished its weight by sweating, or otherwise, because the quantity of metal contains is no longer consistent with its impression. (R. Cobden)
1. (Science: physiology) The fluid which is excreted from the skin of an animal; the fluid secreted by t db0 he sudoriferous glands; a transparent, colourless, acid liquid with a peculiar odour, containing some fatty acids and mineral matter; perspiration. See Perspiration. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. (gen. Iii. 19)
(Science: anatomy) Sweat box, sudoriferous glands. See Sudoriferous. Sweat suit. A suit comprising a top and trousers, having full arms and legs, used while performing physical exercises, especially. Out-of-doors. Sweat equity. The rights to a portion of ownership or profit, hypothetically owned by a worker who participated in producing a product, such as in improving a piece of real estate.
Origin: Cf. OE. Swot, AS. Swat. See Sweat.