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Wailing Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    wailing adj : vocally expressing grief or sorrow or resembling such expression; "lamenting sinners"; "wailing mourners"; "the wailing wind"; "wailful bagpipes"; "tangle her desires with wailful sonnets"- Shakespeare [syn: lamenting, wailful] n : loud cries made while weeping [syn: bawling]
Wailing Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Wail \Wail\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wailed; p. pr. & vb. n. Wailing.] [OE. wailen, weilen, probably fr. Icel. v[ae]la; cf. Icel. v[ae], vei, woe, and E. wayment, also OE. wai, wei, woe. Cf. Woe.] To lament; to bewail; to grieve over; as, to wail one's death. --Shak.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Wailing'


Crying (also called sobbing, wailing, weeping, bawling, and blubbering) is shedding tears as a response to an emotional state in humans. The act of crying has been defined as "a complex secretomotor phenomenon characterized by the shedding of tears from the lacrimal apparatus, without any irritation of the ocular structures". The medical term for this is to lacrimate, which also refers to non-emotional shedding of "tears".

A neuronal connection between the lacrimal gland (tear duct) and the areas of the human brain involved with emotion was established. No other animals are thought to produce tears in response to emotional states,

In many cultures, it is more socially acceptable for women and children to cry, and less socially acceptable for men to cry.

Tears produced during emotional crying have a chemical composition which differs from other types of tears. They contain significantly greater quantities of the hormones prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormone, Leu-enkephalin

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  • Whales are wailing (in Faroes and Puget Sound)
    The loss of orcas in Puget Sound and the killing of 1500 pilot whales annually in the Faroes is a sign we need more vigilance. People are polluting, overfishing and still attacking the sea and its creatures. The Faroese do not need food, otherwise they could gladly eat whales. Like too many hunters they are retaining bloodthirsty habits that have no place in socie Read more on this news related to 'Wailing'
  • Teen jailed for setting woman alight in Chippendale alley
    A woman has stormed, wailing, from a Sydney court after a youth who doused her with petrol and set her alight in an inner city alley was sentenced to three years jail. Read more on this news related to 'Wailing'
  • Chippendale victim storms out of court as teen jailed for setting her alight in alley
    A woman has stormed, wailing, from a Sydney court after a youth who doused her with petrol and set her alight in an inner city alley was sentenced to three years jail. Read more on this news related to 'Wailing'

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