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Weeping Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    weeping adj : showing sorrow [syn: dolorous, dolourous, lachrymose, tearful] n : the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds); "I hate to hear the crying of a child"; "she was in tears" [syn: crying, tears]
Weeping Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Weeping \Weep"ing\, n. The act of one who weeps; lamentation with tears; shedding of tears.
Weeping Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Weeping \Weep"ing\, a.
  1. Grieving; lamenting; shedding tears. ``Weeping eyes.'' --I. Watts.
  2. Discharging water, or other liquid, in drops or very slowly; surcharged with water. ``Weeping grounds.'' --Mortimer.
  3. Having slender, pendent branches; -- said of trees; as, weeping willow; a weeping ash.
  4. Pertaining to lamentation, or those who weep. Weeping cross, a cross erected on or by the highway, especially for the devotions of penitents; hence, to return by the weeping cross, to return from some undertaking in humiliation or penitence. Weeping rock, a porous rock from which water gradually issues. Weeping sinew, a ganglion. See Ganglion, n.,
  5. [Colloq.] Weeping spring, a spring that discharges water slowly. Weeping willow (Bot.), a species of willow (Salix Babylonica}) whose branches grow very long and slender, and hang down almost perpendicularly.
Weeping Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Weep \Weep\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wept; p. pr. & vb. n. Weeping.] [OE. wepen, AS. w?pan, from w?p lamentation; akin to OFries. w?pa to lament, OS. w?p lamentation, OHG. wuof, Icel. ?p a shouting, crying, OS. w?pian to lament, OHG. wuoffan, wuoffen, Icel. ?pa, Goth. w?pjan. ????.]
  1. Formerly, to express sorrow, grief, or anguish, by outcry, or by other manifest signs; in modern use, to show grief or other passions by shedding tears; to shed tears; to cry. And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck. --Acts xx. 37. Phocion was rarely seen to weep or to laugh. --Mitford. And eyes that wake to weep. --Mrs. Hemans.
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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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* When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. - Kahlil Gibran

* The truth is, laughter always sounds more perfect than weeping. Laughter flows in a violent riff and is effortlessly melodic. Weeping is often fought, choked, half strangled, or surrendered to with humiliation. - Anne Rice


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