• WordNet 3.6
    • v sigh heave or utter a sigh; breathe deeply and heavily "She sighed sadly"
    • v sigh utter with a sigh
    • n sigh an utterance made by exhaling audibly
    • n sigh a sound like a person sighing "she heard the sigh of the wind in the trees"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Upon the ground, with aching bones, poor bruin mingled sighs and groans Upon the ground, with aching bones, poor bruin mingled sighs and groans

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sigh A deep and prolonged audible inspiration or respiration of air, as when fatigued or grieved; the act of sighing. "I could drive the boat with my sighs ."
    • Sigh Figuratively, a manifestation of grief; a lament. "With their sighs the air
      Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite."
    • Sigh Hence, to lament; to grieve. "He sighed deeply in his spirit."
    • Sigh To exhale (the breath) in sighs. "Never man sighed truer breath."
    • Sigh To express by sighs; to utter in or with sighs. "They . . . sighed forth proverbs.""The gentle swain . . . sighs back her grief."
    • Sigh To inhale a larger quantity of air than usual, and immediately expel it; to make a deep single audible respiration, especially as the result or involuntary expression of fatigue, exhaustion, grief, sorrow, or the like.
    • Sigh To make a sound like sighing. "And the coming wind did roar more loud,
      And the sails did sigh like sedge."
      "The winter winds are wearily sighing ."
    • Sigh To utter sighs over; to lament or mourn over. "Ages to come, and men unborn,
      Shall bless her name, and sigh her fate."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sigh To heave or draw a sigh (see sigh, n.); make an audible inspiration and expiration indicative of some emotion; make an expressive respiratory sound: as, to sigh with grief or disappointment, or (less commonly) from satisfaction or the sense of relief.
    • sigh Hence To experience an oppressive mental sensation; yearn or long, as from a special access of emotion or desire: often with for: as, to sigh for the good old times.
    • sigh To make a sound resembling or suggestive of a sigh; sound with gentle or subdued mournfulness: said of things, especially the wind and its effects.
    • sigh To emit, use, or act upon or in regard to with sighs or in sighing; utter, express, lament, etc., with sighing utterance or feeling: used poetically with much latitude: as, to sigh out one's love, pleasure, or grief.
    • n sigh A sudden involuntary deep-drawn inspiration of breath, followed by its more or less audible expiration, usually expressive of some emotion or sensation: as, a sigh of grief, chagrin, relief, pleasure, or fatigue.
    • sigh See sie.
    • sigh A Middle English preterit of see.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Sigh to inhale and respire with a long, deep, and audible breathing, as in love or grief: to sound like sighing
    • v.t Sigh to express by sighs
    • n Sigh a long, deep, audible respiration
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  • Christina Rossetti
    “And all the winds go sighing, for sweet things dying.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    “I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.”
  • Robert Burns
    “Their sighing , canting , grace-proud faces, their three-mile prayers, and half-mile graces.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Sighing that Nature formed but one such man, and broke the die.”
  • Minna Antrim
    “The drama of life begins with a wail and ends with a sigh.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sighen, sien,; cf. also OE. siken, AS. sīcan, and OE. sighten, siten, sichten, AS. siccettan,; all, perhaps, of imitative origin


In literature:

He sighed and closed his eyes again.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The heat had abated, and a faint sighing breeze was wafted through the window.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
He breathed a little sigh of satisfaction.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The Duchess sighed, and exercised her privilege of interruption.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
He bent his head mournfully, and sighed in deep sorrow, as an unquiet spirit might sigh.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Mark laughed as he heard, then his face changed and he sighed.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Jim breathed a huge sigh of relief when they left the dining-hall and walked through the lounge into the wide balcony.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
Beth finished her pudding, dropped her spoon on her plate with a clatter, leant back in her chair, and sighed with satisfaction.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Jim, with a prodigious sigh, prepared to descend.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
She moved closer to me, shuddered and sighed, and I think the sigh was a sigh of contentment.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson

In poetry:

There's not an hour of life goes by
But makes thee still more firmly dear;
My sighs attend upon thy sigh,
My sorrows wait upon thy tear:
"To my Mother" by Louisa Stuart Costello
And thro' the dream I was dreaming,
There sighed the sigh of the sea,
And thro' the dream I was dreaming,
This voice came singing to me.
"The Sailor's Return" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
The woods and winds, with sullen wail,
Tell all the same unvaried tale;
I've none to smile when I am free,
And when I sigh, to sigh with me.
"Solitude" by Henry Kirke White
Away with sighs of pain!
Away with tears like rain,
That blind this tired eye
And cause the heart to sigh.
This truth I've found, I bless,
There is no happiness.
"Charmion's Lament" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
VIII. When fancy thou viewest that tear of the soul
Which thy destiny draws to her eye,
And believe that no sigh from thy bosom e'er stole
But she gave thee as heart-felt a sigh.
"The Swan Quill" by Sydney Owenson
She sighed a little sigh, then laughed again,
And hand in hand they walked the winding ways
Of that fair garden till they reached her home.
A good-bye and a kiss -- and he was gone.
"---- Their Story Runneth Thus" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

In and Around Manhattan With Sighs and Whiskers .
No matter what your politics, from coast to coast the country is breathing a sigh of relief that the 2012 election season is finally behind us.
There were no sighs of relief, no jumps for joy when the New York Jets found out they wouldn't have to worry about Rob Gronkowski this week.
Jed Drenning breathed a sigh of release when the dates for the Class A semifinal football pairings were announced last weekend.
The sighing and crying of "Come See About Me.".
Idaho National Laboratory scientists breathed a sigh of relief as the Curiosity Mars Rover landed safely Sunday.
With memories of Tropical Storm Irene still fresh in everyone's minds, the relatively limited damage from this latest storm brings a collective sigh of relief throughout the region.
The Texans suffered another injury to a significant player, and breathed another sigh of relief that it wasn't bad.
"Ugh," I heard the woman next to us sigh during a recent trip to see the new Wachowski siblings film, Cloud Atlas .
The biggest little string band on the planet followed the surprise pop success of 2010's Sigh No More with a bigger, bolder set of folk revival jams.
Babel is the new follow-up to the band's breakout debut, Sigh No More, but its fans haven't had to wait to hear the new material.
Mitt Romney's old firm, Bain Capital, breathes sigh of relief that campaign is over.
MILWAUKEE (WSAU) Over 200 Catholic parishes in southeast Wisconsin breathed a huge sigh of relief yesterday.
"The Game" fans can breathe a sigh of relief, your favorite football player is returning.
When the cold weather settles in (sigh…), I try to turn my home into the coziest place ever.

In science:

The effects of defects cause the valley of conductance, and then TEP will change the sigh when changing gate voltage Vg .
Conductance and thermoelectric power in carbon nanotubes with magnetic impurities
The fate of such sphere depends on the sigh of ˙a.
Dynamic stabilization of non-spherical bodies against unlimited collapse
In the course o f evaluation, the sigh (or un i t root) ambiguities are unavoidably occurred.
A note on the sign (unit root) ambiguities of Gauss sums in index 2 and 4 cases
This pape r presents another method , different from and , to determine the sigh (un i t root) ambiguities o f Gauss sums in the index 2 case, as we l l as the ones w i th odd order in the non-cyclic index 4 case.
A note on the sign (unit root) ambiguities of Gauss sums in index 2 and 4 cases
With the prepara t ion above, we nex t cons ider the de term ina t ion o f the sigh (un i t root) ambiguities o f Gauss sums by Stickelberger's congruence , wh ich is a different m e thod from [7, 8].
A note on the sign (unit root) ambiguities of Gauss sums in index 2 and 4 cases