laughter

Definitions

  • There is Laughter Everywhere 353
    There is Laughter Everywhere 353
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n laughter the activity of laughing; the manifestation of joy or mirth or scorn "he enjoyed the laughter of the crowd"
    • n laughter the sound of laughing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Alabama, it is against the law to wear a fake mustache that could cause laughter in the church
    • n Laughter A movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the face, particularly of the lips, with a peculiar expression of the eyes, indicating merriment, satisfaction, or derision, and usually attended by a sonorous and interrupted expulsion of air from the lungs. See Laugh v. i. "The act of laughter , which is a sweet contraction of the muscles of the face, and a pleasant agitation of the vocal organs, is not merely, or totally within the jurisdiction of ourselves.""Archly the maiden smiled, and with eyes overrunning with laughter ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On September 9, 1950 dubbed laughter was used for the first time on television. It was used for the sitcom "The Hank McCune Show."
    • n laughter A mode of expressing mirth, consisting chiefly in certain convulsive and partly involuntary actions of the muscles of respiration, by means of which, after an inspiration, the expulsion of the air from the chest in a series of jerks produces a succession of short abrupt sounds, accompanied by certain movements of the muscles of the face, and often of other parts of the body, and, when excessive, by tears: also sometimes applied to any expression of merriment perceivable in the countenance. Laughter, accompanied by a feeling of annoyance rather than merriment, may be caused by tickling; it also accompanies hysteria.
    • n laughter A laugh.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People who studies laughter are called a "gelotologists."
    • Laughter act or noise of laughing
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. [Merchant Of Venice]”
  • Kahlil Gibran
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    “In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
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    “The mintage of wisdom is to know that rest is rust, and that real life is love, laughter, and work.”
  • Sir Max Beerbohm
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    “Nobody ever died of laughter.”
  • James Boswell
    James Boswell
    “There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.”
  • Eileen Caddy
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    “Let there be more joy and laughter in your living.”

Idioms

Laughter is the best medicine - Laughing is often helpful for healing, especially emotional healing.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hleahtor,; akin to OHG. hlahtar, G. gelächter, Icel. hlātr, Dan. latter,. See Laugh (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hlihan; Ger. lachen, Goth. hlahjan; prob. imit.

Usage

In literature:

It glittered in their eyes, it rose to their lips in a wild laughter.
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
Now and then they could faintly hear the sound of his moving jaws, Lucrezia's laughter, or Gaspare's eager voice.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
The Vicar met their laughter bravely.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
Lin and the mother clasped each other in their arms as they swayed, weakened with laughter.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Laughter means sympathy; good laughter is not 'the crackling of thorns under the pot.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
Now echoes of her noisy laughter returned to grate upon his memory.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
There was flat derision in the following laughter, and Percival dug his heel in the sod.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
A general yell was the only answer to this, mingled with loud laughter, as Mr Hashford's head suddenly appeared at the broken ventilator.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
From the shipyard, where men were working overtime, came up the sound of hammering and careless laughter.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
But she stopped in surprise when the girls burst into merry laughter.
"Prudence Says So" by Ethel Hueston
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In poetry:

The wild breeze but her laughter is
To me, her look the star;
Roses her breathing, and can she,
Soul of my soul, be far?
"Lines - III" by Manmohan Ghose
Her voice to laughter moving,
So merrily reproving,--
We wandered through the autumn woods,
And neither thought of loving.
"Lese-Amour" by John Hay
And the lips that smiled with laughter
In the valley of the morn,
In the valley of the evening
They were pale and sorrow-worn.
"A Laugh -- And A Moan" by Abram Joseph Ryan
There was not a sign of shadow,
There was not a tear nor thorn,
And the sweet voice of her laughter
Filled with melody the morn.
"A Laugh -- And A Moan" by Abram Joseph Ryan
But you were living before that,
And also you are living after;
And the memory I started at—-
My starting moves your laughter.
"Memorabilia" by Robert Browning
We heard their shouts of laughter
Take the air so sweet and still,
And ever above in the sunlight
Was the churchyard on the hill.
"The Pastor's Pool" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Peyton carved a unique space for laughter by drawing wry, darkly humorous cartoons .
But their laughter soon turned to horror when one wrestler snapped her opponent's arm during the second bout.
They say laughter is the best medicine, that happy people live longer and don't get sick as often.
Roz Russell lived up the street and was here a lot, always full of laughter.
Will Make You Cry Of Laughter For Staten Island Sandy Benefit.
Holidays, for the most part, are times of laughter, family and joyful celebration.
ADOPTION-YOUR OPTION NY couple offers your newborn happiness, laughter, financial security, tons of TLC.
At 86, comedian still has what it takes to create laughter.
Wayne and Daisy (Tucker) Wilkins will celebrate 50 years of love and laughter on Monday, Oct 15.
Delightful 'Present Laughter' (and its star) sure to make you smile.
Kimberly Patterson, left, Noah Wagner, and Amanda Karr star in Present Laughter.
A new show opens at the Depot Theater Company next week and you may be able to hear the laughter all over town.
Anyway, join in the laughter, music, mayhem and be blessed by a message.
That means lots of friends, fun, laughter, eating and….yes, for most, drinking.
Yes laughter will ensue as you view adorable kids traumatized by the jumbo rabbit.
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In science:

This would then be followed by his loud characteristic laughter that filled the corridors of the building and could be heard as far as the outside of Blackett Laboratories.
Gupta-Rajpoot Texture 2(4) Zero Mass Matrices
The examples are incomprehension of a joke due to the absence in memory of a necessary image, peculiar view of the ”norm” while perceiving the comic, the forcing out of laughter by secondary emotions (see ) and so on.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
Freud considers the pleasure obtained from laughter as the main cause of the existence of a sense of humour: a man discovers the possibility of extracting pleasure from the psychical process and begins subconsciously and then consciously to exploit it.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
Of course, if laughter afforded displeasure the social function of humour would change: the society would try to get rid of it by censorship, prosecution of witty people and so on.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
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