2. [syn: sweating sickness, miliary fever]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
a. & n. from Sweat, v.
Sweating bath, a bath producing sensible sweat; a stove or
Sweating house, a house for sweating persons in sickness.
Sweating iron, a kind of knife, or a piece of iron, used to
scrape off sweat, especially from horses; a horse scraper.
(a) A room for sweating persons.
(b) (Dairying) A room for sweating cheese and carrying off
the superfluous juices.
Sweating sickness (Med.), a febrile epidemic disease which
prevailed in some countries of Europe, but particularly in
England, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries,
characterized by profuse sweating. Death often occured in
a few hours.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a disease of cattle (especially calves)
2: epidemic in the 15th and 16th centuries and characterized by
profuse sweating and high mortality [syn: sweating
sickness, miliary fever]