Dictionary Meaning and Definition on '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,
n : loud cries made while weeping [syn: bawling]
- 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
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[See more about Wailing at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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