cry

Definitions

  • "'Hullo, Susan!' cried Augustus."
    "'Hullo, Susan!' cried Augustus."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cry shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain "She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death","The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs"
    • v cry bring into a particular state by crying "The little boy cried himself to sleep"
    • v cry utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy "`I won!' he exclaimed","`Help!' she cried","`I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost"
    • v cry utter a sudden loud cry "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle","I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"
    • v cry proclaim or announce in public "before we had newspapers, a town crier would cry the news","He cried his merchandise in the market square"
    • v cry utter a characteristic sound "The cat was crying"
    • v cry demand immediate action "This situation is crying for attention"
    • n cry a fit of weeping "had a good cry"
    • n cry a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
    • n cry a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate) "a cry of rage","a yell of pain"
    • n cry a slogan used to rally support for a cause "a cry to arms","our watchword will be `democracy'"
    • n cry the characteristic utterance of an animal "animal cries filled the night"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE FARMER'S WIFE CRYING BECAUSE SHE HAS NO BABY THE FARMER'S WIFE CRYING BECAUSE SHE HAS NO BABY
"WHY, WHATEVER IS THE MATTER?' SHE CRIED." "WHY, WHATEVER IS THE MATTER?' SHE CRIED."
I cried and wept in front of it, and cried and wept I cried and wept in front of it, and cried and wept
Before she had been up there two minits she begun to cry Before she had been up there two minits she begun to cry
He Did Cry Like a Cow--frontispiece He Did Cry Like a Cow--frontispiece
You need not cry over spilt milk You need not cry over spilt milk
Blue Beard cried out so loud for her to come down, that his voice shook Blue Beard cried out so loud for her to come down, that his voice shook
He heard a cry of alarm He heard a cry of alarm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why your nose gets runny when you are crying is because the tears from the eyes drain into the nose
    • Cry A loud utterance; especially, the inarticulate sound produced by one of the lower animals; as, the cry of hounds; the cry of wolves.
    • Cry A pack of hounds. "A cry more tunable
      Was never hollaed to, nor cheered with horn."
    • Cry A pack or company of persons; -- in contempt. "Would not this . . . get me a fellowship in a cry of players?"
    • Cry A word or phrase caught up by a party or faction and repeated for effect; as, the party cry of the Tories. "All now depends upon a good cry ."
    • Cry Any expression of grief, distress, etc., accompanied with tears or sobs; a loud sound, uttered in lamentation. "There shall be a great cry throughout all the land.""An infant crying in the night,
      An infant crying for the light;
      And with no language but a cry ."
    • Cry Common report; fame. "The cry goes that you shall marry her."
    • Cry Importunate supplication. "O, the most piteous cry of the poor souls."
    • Cry Loud expression of triumph or wonder or of popular acclamation or favor. "The cry went once on thee."
    • Cry Outcry; clamor; tumult; popular demand. "Again that cry was found to have been as unreasonable as ever."
    • Cry Public advertisement by outcry; proclamation, as by hawkers of their wares. "The street cries of London."
    • Cry The crackling noise made by block tin when it is bent back and forth.
    • Cry To cause to do something, or bring to some state, by crying or weeping; as, to cry one's self to sleep.
    • Cry To make a loud call or cry; to call or exclaim vehemently or earnestly; to shout; to vociferate; to proclaim; to pray; to implore. "And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice.""Clapping their hands, and crying with loud voice.""Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry unto thee.""The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord.""Some cried after him to return."
    • Cry To make oral and public proclamation of; to declare publicly; to notify or advertise by outcry, especially things lost or found, goods to be sold, ets.; as, to cry goods, etc. "Love is lost, and thus she cries him."
    • Cry to publish the banns of, as for marriage. "I should not be surprised if they were cried in church next Sabbath."
    • Cry To utter inarticulate sounds, as animals. "The young ravens which cry .""In a cowslip's bell I lie
      There I couch when owls do cry ."
    • Cry To utter lamentations; to lament audibly; to express pain, grief, or distress, by weeping and sobbing; to shed tears; to bawl, as a child. "Ye shall cry for sorrow of heart.""I could find it in my heart to disgrace my man's apparel and to cry like a woman."
    • Cry To utter loudly; to call out; to shout; to sound abroad; to declare publicly. "All, all, cry shame against ye, yet I 'll speak.""The man . . . ran on, crying , Life! life! Eternal life!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying
    • cry To speak earnestly or with a loud voice; call loudly; exclaim or proclaim with vehemence, as in an earnest appeal or prayer, in giving public notice, or to attract attention: with to or unto, formerly sometimes on or upon, before the person addressed.
    • cry Specifically, to call for or require redress or remedy; appeal; make a demand.
    • cry To utter a loud, sharp, or vehement inarticulate sound, as a dog or other animal.
    • cry To call out or exclaim inarticulately; make an inarticulate outcry, as a person under excitement of any kind; especially, to utter a loud sound of lamentation or suffering, such as is usually accompanied by tears.
    • cry Hence To weep; shed tears, whether with or without sound.
    • cry To bid at an auction.
    • cry To revert to an ancestral type. See extract.
    • cry To complain loudly; utter lamentations; expostulate: often with against.
    • cry To be in childbirth.
    • cry To utter loudly; sound or noise abroad; proclaim; declare loudly or publicly.
    • cry To give notice regarding; advertise by crying; hawk: as, to cry a lost child; to cry goods.
    • cry To publish the banns of; advertise; the marriage of.
    • cry To call.
    • cry To demand; call for.
    • cry To overbear; put down.
    • cry To raise the price of by proclamation: as, to cry up certain coins.
    • n cry Any loud or passionate utterance; clamor; outcry; a vehement expression of feeling or desire, articulate or inarticulate: as, a cry of joy, triumph, surprise, pain, supplication, etc.
    • n cry A loud inarticulate sound uttered by man or beast, as in pain or anger, or to attract attention.
    • n cry Loud lamentation or wailing; hence, the act of weeping; a fit of weeping.
    • n cry Public notice or advertisement by outcry, as hawkers give of their wares; proclamation, as by a town crier.
    • n cry Public or general accusation; evil report or fame.
    • n cry A pack of dogs.
    • n cry Hence In contempt, a pack or company of persons.
    • n cry A word or phrase used in battle, as a shout to encourage or rally soldiers; a battle-cry or war-cry.
    • n cry A party catchword; an object for the attainment of which insistence and iteration are employed for partizan purposes; some topic, event, etc., which is used, or the importance of which is magnified, in a partizan manner.
    • n cry The peculiar crackling noise made by metallic tin when bent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Heart-attacks are more common among men because they cry less frequently than women.
    • v.i Cry krī to utter a shrill loud sound, esp. one expressive of pain or grief: to lament: to weep: to bawl
    • v.t Cry to utter loudly: to proclaim or make public:—pa.t. and pa.p. cried
    • n Cry any loud sound, esp. of grief or pain: a fit of weeping: a pack of hounds, hence of people: particular sound uttered by an animal: bawling: lamentation: prayer: clamour:—pl. Cries
    • adj Cry calling loudly: claiming notice: notorious
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is easier to make people cry than to make them laugh.”
  • John Milton
    John%20Milton
    “License they mean when they cry liberty.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Life is an onion and one cries while peeling it.”
  • James Dillet Freeman
    James Dillet Freeman
    “Listen to life, and you will hear the voice of life crying, Be!”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “I have imbibed such a love for money that I keep some sequins in a drawer to count, and cry over them once a week.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “There are German songs which can make a stranger to the language cry.”

Idioms

Cry wolf - If someone cries wolf, they raise a false alarm about something.
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Cry your eyes out - If you cry your eyes out, you cry uncontrollably.
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Cry-baby - A cry-baby is a person who gets emotional and cries too easily.
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Don't cry over spilt milk - When something bad happens and nothing can be done to help it people say, 'Don't cry over spilt milk'.
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Far cry from - This means that something is very different from something.
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Hue and cry - Hue and cry is an expression that used to mean all the people who joined in chasing a criminal or villain. Nowadays, if you do something without hue and cry, you do it discreetly and without drawing attention.
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It's no use crying over spilt milk - This idiom means that getting upset after something has gone wrong is pointless; it can't be changed so it should be accepted.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. crier, cf. L. quiritare, to raise a plaintive cry, scream, shriek, perh. fr. queri, to complain; cf. Skr. cvas, to pant, hiss, sigh. Cf. Quarrel a brawl, Querulous

Usage

In literature:

In an instant she was in my arms, with a low, happy little cry.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
Hullo Alf old boy he cried so you have got here all safe and no limbs broken.
"The Young Visiters or, Mr. Salteena's Plan" by Daisy Ashford
It was the five dogs crying for their supper, crying for the frozen fish they had earned so well.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
It's like Sir Walter crying 'Bonny bonny!
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Fanfaro uttered a slight cry, but he did not hesitate a moment.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
He seemed to be plunging through a torture hall, so hurtling full was the darkness of fearful cries and confusion.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
They cried out in amazement.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
Sam did not say anything, but he ceased to growl, or to cry out that he was hurt.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
If he opens his purse to the lamenter's cry, Then the woe shall lift and be laid for aye.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I found her crying once, crying alone in a corner of the terrace under a ludicrous old statue of Mercury.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
An agony of despair seized him, and he uttered cry after cry.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
The mother of the little lad gave a cry of bitter distress, a cry which went to Tom's very heart.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
The boy began to cry, and then she struck him with her foot till he cried out louder.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
For five minutes the air was full of kingbird cries, both old and young, and then fell a sudden silence.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
Cry, my child, cry; and beat your breast, but not too hard, for you are ill yet, you know.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
Their cries were of no avail.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
You would be short sighted to sit down and cry tonight about it.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
Looking towards her and crying about my broken drum, and when I saw her hand moving no doubt she was frigging.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
They cry on account of the suffering you cause them; if you were pinioned in the same way, your own cries would be louder.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
As they shot downward and struck the metal paving outside, Randall heard a wild babble of cries from inside.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

"He asketh not world's eyes;
Not to world's ears he cries;
Saith,--'These
Shut, if ye please;'
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
The tear-gas made him laugh
When they let it fly,
Laughing gas made him hang
His head an' cry.
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
My face is my own, I thought.
But you have seen it
turn into a thousand years.
I watched you cry.
"A Form Of Women" by Robert Creeley
Oh, do not cry, lass!
What is crying worth?
There is no lass like my lass
In the whole wide earth.
"One Tear" by Robert Fuller Murray
I heard a cry in the night,
A thousand miles it came,
Sharp as a flash of light,
My name, my name!
"Message" by Sara Teasdale
"Hey!" he cries, and pats his knee,
"Igo and Ago,
My twin bairnies, ride wi' me--
Iram, coram, dago!"
""Igo And Ago"" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Hear my cry/ cry out .
When the liberal Governor of Kentucky issued his edict forbidding the calling of the traditional Christmas tree by its name, but instead referring to it as a holiday tree, Kentuckians cried out in protest.
Briggs's Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series has its fans, with her novel Cry Wolf hitting the New York Times bestseller list a few years back.
Victoria Shaw's Cry Wolf — Flashback Friday.
Catholic bishops cry wolf on contraception.
Star doesn't cry wolf in grim thriller.
Mainstream Economic Media Cry Wolf .
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Win a Limited-Edition Andreas Kisser/Sepultura Signature Cry Baby Wah.
Upon hearing her team had lost the week 6 challenge, Celebrity Apprentice contestant Aubrey O'Day, who was the task project manager, cried like a baby and messed up her mascara.
Cee Lo Green has released the new video for his new single Cry Baby.
Cee Lo Green's "Cry Baby" stars Jaleel White.
Georgia restaurant disclaimer says no crying kids allowed.
Bulls don't blame refs for loss but still cry foul.
As the rain picked up at Myers Stadium on Friday evening, Chamaya Turner couldn't help but cry.
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In science:

Combinatorial sharpness cri terion and phase transition classification for random CSPs .
Spines of Random Constraint Satisfaction Problems: Definition and Connection with Computational Complexity
Theorem 1.2 generalizes a result of Frenkel and Gaitsgory [FG], who proved the simplicity of the quotient of V cri (g) by the ideal generated by z − χ(z ) for z ∈ z(bg).
W-algebras at the critical level
Let z(bg) be the Feigin-Frenkel center Z (V cri (g)) as in Introduction.
W-algebras at the critical level
It is known [FF4, F1, F2] that the Li filtration of V cri (g) restricts to the Li filtration of z(bg).
W-algebras at the critical level
Furthermore, it was proved in [FG] that the vertex algebra V cri χ (g) is simple (thus in particular V cri χ (g) is simple as a bg-module).
W-algebras at the critical level
Hence the embedding z(bg) ֒→ V cri (g) induces the vertex algebra homomorphism z(bg) → Z (Wcri (g, f )) ⊂ Wcri (g, f ).
W-algebras at the critical level
Under the identification (6) and (11), the induced map RV cri (g) → RWcri (g,f ) is identified the restriction map C[g∗ ]G → C[S], and hence is injective [Kos, P1].
W-algebras at the critical level
Therefore it induces the injective map (RV cri (g) )∞ ֒→ (RWcri (g,f ) )∞ , which is identical to the map gr z(bg) → gr Wcri (g, f ).
W-algebras at the critical level
We believe that all these transitions can be described on the basis of the Lindblad equation with the help of four relevant operators cRi .
Simple Quantum Model of Learning Explains the Yerkes-Dodson Law in Psychology
In the paper it was shown that if at initial time density matrix dρ (0) has diagonal form then under certain restrictions on the form of operators cRi such diagonal form will be conserved in time.
Simple Quantum Model of Learning Explains the Yerkes-Dodson Law in Psychology
It is easy to check that with above- mentioned choice of operators cRi in the model just this case occurs.
Simple Quantum Model of Learning Explains the Yerkes-Dodson Law in Psychology
The following example sentence in Manipuri: y kpna kpna skul-d ctli I cryingly cryingly school-loc go Means, ‘I go to school cryingly.’ when translated to English.
Reduplicated MWE (RMWE) helps in improving the CRF based Manipuri POS Tagger
One by one the guests arrive The guests are coming through And “Welcome, welcome” cries a voice “Let all my guests come in!”1.
SNOQIT I: Growth of $\Lambda$-modules and Kummer theory
They have beautiful pathology and are crying out for continuum theorists to look at them.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
We recall that below a cri tical threshold for the gas surface density (7M⊙ pc−2 for the thin disk and 4M⊙ pc−2 for the halo phase) we assume no star formation.
Abundance gradients in the Milky Way for alpha elements, Iron peak elements, Barium, Lanthanum and Europium
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