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humour


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Humor  \Hu"mor\,  n.  [OE.  humour,  OF  humor,  umor,  F.  humeur,  L. 
  humor,  umor,  moisture,  fluid,  fr  humere,  umere,  to  be  moist. 
  See  {Humid}.]  [Written  also  {humour}.] 
  1.  Moisture,  especially,  the  moisture  or  fluid  of  animal 
  bodies,  as  the  chyle,  lymph,  etc.;  as  the  humors  of  the 
  eye,  etc 
 
  Note:  The  ancient  physicians  believed  that  there  were  four 
  humors  (the  blood,  phlegm,  yellow  bile  or  choler,  and 
  black  bile  or  melancholy),  on  the  relative  proportion 
  of  which  the  temperament  and  health  depended. 
 
  2.  (Med.)  A  vitiated  or  morbid  animal  fluid,  such  as  often 
  causes  an  eruption  on  the  skin.  ``A  body  full  of  humors.'' 
  --Sir  W.  Temple. 
 
  3.  State  of  mind,  whether  habitual  or  temporary  (as  formerly 
  supposed  to  depend  on  the  character  or  combination  of  the 
  fluids  of  the  body);  disposition;  temper;  mood;  as  good 
  humor;  ill  humor. 
 
  Examine  how  your  humor  is  inclined,  And  which  the 
  ruling  passion  of  your  mind.  --Roscommon. 
 
  A  prince  of  a  pleasant  humor.  --Bacon. 
 
  I  like  not  the  humor  of  lying.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  pl  Changing  and  uncertain  states  of  mind;  caprices; 
  freaks;  vagaries;  whims. 
 
  Is  my  friend  all  perfection,  all  virtue  and 
  discretion?  Has  he  not  humors  to  be  endured? 
  --South. 
 
  5.  That  quality  of  the  imagination  which  gives  to  ideas  an 
  incongruous  or  fantastic  turn,  and  tends  to  excite 
  laughter  or  mirth  by  ludicrous  images  or  representations; 
  a  playful  fancy;  facetiousness. 
 
  For  thy  sake  I  admit  That  a  Scot  may  have  humor,  I'd 
  almost  said  wit.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  A  great  deal  of  excellent  humor  was  expended  on  the 
  perplexities  of  mine  host.  --W.  Irving. 
 
  {Aqueous  humor},  {Crystalline  humor}  or  {lens},  {Vitreous 
  humor}.  (Anat.)  See  {Eye}. 
 
  {Out  of  humor},  dissatisfied;  displeased;  in  an  unpleasant 
  frame  of  mind. 
 
  Syn:  Wit;  satire;  pleasantry;  temper;  disposition;  mood; 
  frame;  whim;  fancy;  caprice.  See  {Wit}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  humour 
  n  1:  a  characteristic  (habitual  or  relatively  temporary)  state  of 
  feeling;  "whether  he  praised  or  cursed  me  depended  on 
  his  temper  at  the  time";  "he  was  in  a  bad  humor"  [syn:  {temper}, 
  {mood},  {humor}] 
  2:  a  message  whose  ingenuity  or  verbal  skill  or  incongruity  has 
  the  power  to  evoke  laughter  [syn:  {wit},  {humor},  {witticism}, 
  {wittiness}] 
  3:  one  of  the  four  fluids  in  the  body  whose  balance  was 
  believed  (in  ancient  and  medieval  physiology)  to  determine 
  your  emotional  and  physical  state;  "the  humors  are  blood 
  and  phlegm  and  yellow  and  black  bile"  [syn:  {humor}] 
  4:  the  quality  of  being  funny;  "I  fail  to  see  the  humor  in  it" 
  [syn:  {humor}] 
  5:  the  trait  of  appreciating  (and  being  able  to  express)  the 
  humorous;  "she  didn't  appreciate  my  humor;"  "you  can't 
  survive  in  the  army  without  a  sense  of  humor"  [syn:  {humor}, 
  {sense  of  humor},  {sense  of  humour}] 
  v  :  put  into  a  good  mood  [syn:  {humor}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  humour 
 
  {hacker  humour} 
 
 




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