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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sigh  \Sigh\,  n.  [OE.  sigh;  cf  OE  sik.  See  {Sigh},  v.  i.] 
  1.  A  deep  and  prolonged  audible  inspiration  or  respiration  of 
  air,  as  when  fatigued  or  grieved;  the  act  of  sighing. 
  I  could  drive  the  boat  with  my  sighs.  --Shak. 
  2.  Figuratively,  a  manifestation  of  grief;  a  lan?ent. 
  With  their  sighs  the  air  Frequenting,  sent  from 
  hearts  contrite.  --Milton. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sigh  \Sigh\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Sighed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Sighing}.]  [OE.  sighen,  si?en;  cf  also  OE  siken,  AS 
  s[=i]can,  and  OE  sighten,  si?ten,  sichten  AS  siccettan 
  all  perhaps,  of  imitative  origin.] 
  1.  To  inhale  a  larger  quantity  of  air  than  usual,  and 
  immediately  expel  it  to  make  a  deep  single  audible 
  respiration,  especially  as  the  result  or  involuntary 
  expression  of  fatigue,  exhaustion,  grief,  sorrow,  or  the 
  2.  Hence  to  lament;  to  grieve. 
  He  sighed  deeply  in  his  spirit.  --Mark  viii. 
  3.  To  make  a  sound  like  sighing. 
  And  the  coming  wind  did  roar  more  loud,  And  the 
  sails  did  sigh  like  sedge.  --Coleridge. 
  The  winter  winds  are  wearily  sighing.  --Tennyson. 
  Note:  An  extraordinary  pronunciation  of  this  word  as  s[=i]th 
  is  still  heard  in  England  and  among  the  illiterate  in 
  the  United  States. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sigh  \Sigh\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  exhale  (the  breath)  in  sighs. 
  Never  man  sighed  truer  breath.  --Shak. 
  2.  To  utter  sighs  over  to  lament  or  mourn  over 
  Ages  to  come  and  men  unborn,  Shall  bless  her  name 
  and  sigh  her  fate.  --Pior. 
  3.  To  express  by  sighs;  to  utter  in  or  with  sighs. 
  They  .  .  .  sighed  forth  proverbs.  --Shak. 
  The  gentle  swain  .  .  .  sighs  back  her  grief. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  an  utterance  made  by  exhaling  audibly 
  2:  a  sound  like  a  person  sighing;  "she  heard  the  sigh  of  the 
  wind  in  the  trees" 
  v  1:  heave  or  utter  a  sigh;  breathe  deeply  and  heavily;  "She 
  sighed  sadly" 
  2:  utter  with  a  sigh 

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