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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Laugh  \Laugh\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Laughed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Laughing}.]  [OE.  laughen,  laghen  lauhen  AS  hlehhan 
  hlihhan  hlyhhan  hliehhan  akin  to  OS  hlahan  D.  &  G. 
  lachen,  OHG.  hlahhan  lahhan  lahh?n,  Icel.  hl[ae]ja.  Dan. 
  lee,  Sw  le  Goth.  hlahjan  perh.  of  imitative  origin.] 
  1.  To  show  mirth,  satisfaction,  or  derision,  by  peculiar 
  movement  of  the  muscles  of  the  face,  particularly  of  the 
  mouth,  causing  a  lighting  up  of  the  face  and  eyes,  and 
  usually  accompanied  by  the  emission  of  explosive  or 
  chuckling  sounds  from  the  chest  and  throat;  to  indulge  in 
  laughter. 
 
  Queen  Hecuba  laughed  that  her  eyes  ran  o'er.  --Shak. 
 
  He  laugheth  that  winneth.  --Heywood's 
  Prov. 
 
  2.  Fig.:  To  be  or  appear  gay,  cheerful,  pleasant,  mirthful, 
  lively,  or  brilliant;  to  sparkle;  to  sport. 
 
  Then  laughs  the  childish  year,  with  flowerets 
  crowned.  --Dryden. 
 
  In  Folly's  cup  still  laughs  the  bubble  Joy.  --Pope. 
 
  {To  laugh  at},  to  make  an  object  of  laughter  or  ridicule;  to 
  make  fun  of  to  deride. 
 
  No  wit  to  flatter  left  of  all  his  store,  No  fool  to 
  laugh  at  which  he  valued  more  --Pope. 
 
  {To  laugh  in  the  sleeve} 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Laughing  \Laugh"ing\,  a.  &  n. 
  from  {Laugh},  v.  i. 
 
  {Laughing  falcon}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  South  American  hawk 
  ({Herpetotheres  cachinnans});  --  so  called  from  its  notes, 
  which  resemble  a  shrill  laughing. 
 
  {Laughing  gas}  (Chem.),  hyponitrous  oxide,  or  protoxide  of 
  nitrogen 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  laughing 
  adj  :  showing  or  feeling  mirth  or  pleasure  or  happiness;  "laughing 
  children"  [syn:  {laughing(a)},  {riant}] 




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