laughter definition

  • noun:
    • The work of laughing.
    • The noise produced by laughing.
    • Archaic A cause or topic for laughter.
    • The sound of laughing, from environment so expelled; any similar sound.
    • A movement (usually involuntary) for the muscle tissue regarding the laughing face, specially for the lips, and of the entire human body, with a peculiar phrase regarding the eyes, suggesting merriment, pleasure or derision, and usually attended by a sonorous and interrupted expulsion of atmosphere through the lung area.
    • A reason for merriment
    • A movement (usually involuntary) of muscle tissue regarding the face, especially of lips, with a peculiar appearance of eyes, showing merriment, satisfaction, or derision, and usually attended by a sonorous and interrupted expulsion of environment from lungs. See laugh, v. i.
    • A mode of articulating mirth, consisting mainly in a few convulsive and partially involuntary activities of muscles of respiration, through which, after an inspiration, the expulsion associated with the environment through the upper body in a few jerks produces a succession of quick abrupt noises, followed closely by particular motions of muscle tissue associated with face, and frequently of the rest regarding the human anatomy, and, whenever exorbitant, by rips: in addition sometimes applied to any expression of merriment perceivable into the countenance.
    • A laugh.
    • the noise of laughing
    • the activity of having a laugh; the manifestation of joy or mirth or scorn

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