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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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'Laughter' in famous quotation sentence

* 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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Laughter Sample Sentences in News

  • China official says Islamists seek to ban laughter and crying
    The governor of China's restive far western region of Xinjiang wrote on Monday that Islamist militants were trying to ban laughter at weddings and crying at funerals, as he appealed to people to stamp out the "tumor" of extremism. Xinjiang, resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of central Asia, has been beset by violence for years, b Read more on this news related to 'Laughter'
  • Laughter is the best medicine at Andruzzi Foundation cancer fundraiser
    Boston area comedy legend Steve Sweeney performs for an (Up)Beat Comedy Night, a fundraiser for Joe Andruzzi's foundation, held in Walpole last week. The money raised will go the fight against cancer. Andruzzi is a cancer survivor. Read more on this news related to 'Laughter'
  • Laughter greets green claims at Gateway inquiry
    CLAIMS a plan to build on swathes of green belt land would bring major environmental benefits were met with roars of laughter by campaigners on the opening day of a key public inquiry. Read more on this news related to 'Laughter'

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