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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Laughter'

Laughter Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    laughter n
  1. the sound of laughing [syn: laugh]
  2. the activity of laughing; the manifestation of joy or mirth of scorn; "he enjoyed the laughter of the crowd"
Laughter Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Laughter \Laugh"ter\, n. [AS. hleahtor; akin to OHG. hlahtar, G. gel["a]chter, Icel. hl[=a]tr, Dan. latter. See Laugh, v. i. ] 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. --Sir T. Browne. Archly the maiden smiled, and with eyes overrunning with laughter. --Longfellow.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Laughter'


Laughing is a visual expression of happiness, or an inward feeling of joy. It may ensue from hearing a joke, being tickled, or other stimuli. It is in most cases a very pleasant sensation.

Laughter is found among various animals, as well as in humans. Among the human species, it is a part of human behavior regulated by the brain, helping humans clarify their intentions in social interaction and providing an emotional context to conversations. Laughter is used as a signal for being part of a group—it signals acceptance and positive interactions with others. Laughter is sometimes seen as contagious, and the laughter of one person can itself provoke laughter from others as a positive feedback. This may account in part for the popularity of laugh tracks in situation comedy television shows.

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* From quiet homes and first beginning, Out to the undiscovered ends, There's nothing worth the wear of winning, But laughter and the love of friends. - Hilaire Belloc

* Separated lovers cheat absence by a thousand fancies which have their own reality. They are prevented from seeing one another and they cannot write nevertheless they find countless mysterious ways of corresponding, by sending each other the song of birds, the scent of flowers, the laughter of children, the light of the sun, the sighing of the wind, and the gleam of the stars-all the beauties of creation. - Victor Hugo

* The tears that you spill, the sorrowful, are sweeter than the laughter of snobs and the guffaws of scoffers. - Kahlil Gibran


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  • Turkish Women Protest Deputy PMs No Laughter Quip
    Turkish women share laughter online to protest against deputy PM's appropriate behavior tip Read more on this news related to 'Laughter'
  • Laughter is the best medicine? The emotional appeal of stand-up comedy
    Comics taking to the stage should take note: how much of a hit they are with their audiences won’t be down to just their jokes. The link between humor and emotion plays a large part in how well an audience connects with a comedian, and vice versa, according to new research. Read more on this news related to 'Laughter'
  • New Zealand’s first Laughter Wellness Conference
    “There is a reason why this conference is being held in this city at this time. There's no doubt about it, Cantabrians have been through a lot over the last four years and will continue to do so, as we rebuild our city, homes, businesses and lives. Read more on this news related to 'Laughter'

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