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Meaning of TRANSPIRE

Pronunciation:  tran'spIr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  give off (water) through the skin
  2. [v]  come about, happen, or occur; "Several important events transpired last week"
  3. [v]  come to light; become known; "It transpired that she had worked as spy in East Germany"
  4. [v]  exude water vapor; of plants
  5. [v]  pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas

TRANSPIRE is a 9 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: transpirate
 See Also: change, come about, evaporate, exudate, exude, flow, flux, go on, hap, happen, occur, ooze, ooze out, pass, pass off, take place, transude, vaporise, vaporize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tran*spire"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Transpired}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Transpiring}.] [F. transpirer; L. trans across,
    through + spirare to breathe. See {Spirit}.]
    1. (Physiol.) To pass off in the form of vapor or insensible
       perspiration; to exhale.
    2. (Bot.) To evaporate from living cells.
    3. To escape from secrecy; to become public; as, the
       proceedings of the council soon transpired.
             The story of Paulina's and Maximilian's mutual
             attachment had transpired through many of the
             travelers.                            --De Quincey.
    4. To happen or come to pass; to occur.
    Note: This sense of the word, which is of comparatively
          recent introduction, is common in the United States,
          especially in the language of conversation and of
          newspaper writers, and is used to some extent in
          England. Its use, however, is censured by critics of
          both countries.
  2. \Tran*spire"\, v. t.
    1. (Physiol.) To excrete through the skin; to give off in the
       form of vapor; to exhale; to perspire.
    2. (Bot.) To evaporate (moisture) from living cells.