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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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  • Wailing sirens and curfew turn out to be rumours
    Kota Kinabalu: News of wailing sirens over an impending attack by armed men from the Southern Philippines in Kudat spread like wildfire on WhatsApp on Thursday. Read more on this news related to 'Wailing'
  • Siouxland sirens signal more than tornadoes
    A wailing siren doesn't necessary mean a tornado is coming. But residents should take cover nevertheless, says a Sioux City fire official. Read more on this news related to 'Wailing'
  • Amid bloodshed, frenetic Gaza hospital improvises
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the heart of Gaza City, as its citizens again find themselves under fire from Israeli airstrikes and artillery, the wounded and their wailing families stream into Shifa Hospital without end. Read more on this news related to 'Wailing'

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