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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Laughter  \Laugh"ter\,  n.  [AS.  hleahtor  akin  to  OHG.  hlahtar  G. 
  gel["a]chter,  Icel.  hl[=a]tr,  Dan.  latter.  See  {Laugh},  v.  i. 
  A  movement  (usually  involuntary)  of  the  muscles  of  the  face, 
  particularly  of  the  lips,  with  a  peculiar  expression  of  the 
  eyes,  indicating  merriment,  satisfaction,  or  derision,  and 
  usually  attended  by  a  sonorous  and  interrupted  expulsion  of 
  air  from  the  lungs.  See  {Laugh},  v.  i. 
  The  act  of  laughter,  which  is  a  sweet  contraction  of 
  the  muscles  of  the  face,  and  a  pleasant  agitation  of 
  the  vocal  organs,  is  not  merely,  or  totally  within  the 
  jurisdiction  of  ourselves  --Sir  T. 
  Archly  the  maiden  smiled,  and  with  eyes  overrunning 
  with  laughter.  --Longfellow. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  sound  of  laughing  [syn:  {laugh}] 
  2:  the  act  of  laughing;  the  manifestation  of  joy  or  mirth  of 
  scorn;  "he  enjoyed  the  laughter  of  the  crowd" 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  LAUGHTER,  n.  An  interior  convulsion,  producing  a  distortion  of  the 
  features  and  accompanied  by  inarticulate  noises.  It  is  infectious 
  and  though  intermittent,  incurable.  Liability  to  attacks  of  laughter 
  is  one  of  the  characteristics  distinguishing  man  from  the  animals  -- 
  these  being  not  only  inaccessible  to  the  provocation  of  his  example, 
  but  impregnable  to  the  microbes  having  original  jurisdiction  in 
  bestowal  of  the  disease.  Whether  laughter  could  be  imparted  to 
  animals  by  inoculation  from  the  human  patient  is  a  question  that  has 
  not  been  answered  by  experimentation.  Dr  Meir  Witchell  holds  that 
  the  infection  character  of  laughter  is  due  to  the  instantaneous 
  fermentation  of  _sputa_  diffused  in  a  spray.  From  this  peculiarity  he 
  names  the  disorder  _Convulsio  spargens_. 

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