the sound of laughing
the activity of laughing; the manifestation of joy or mirth or scorn
"he enjoyed the laughter of the crowd"
The sound of laughing, produced by air so expelled; any similar sound.
Their loud laughter betrayed their presence
A movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the laughing face, particularly of the lips, and of the whole body, 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.
A reason for merriment
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
Origin: [AS. hleahtor; akin to OHG. hlahtar, G. gelchter, Icel. hltr, Dan. latter. See Laugh, v. i. ]
Laughing is an involuntary reaction to certain external or internal stimuli. Laughter can arise from such activities as being tickled, or from humorous stories or thoughts. Most commonly, it is considered a visual expression of a number of positive emotional states, such as joy, mirth, happiness, relief, etc. On some occasions, however, it may be caused by contrary emotional states such as embarrassment, apology, or confusion" or courtesy laugh. Factors such as age, gender, education, language, and culture are determinant factors as to whether a person will experience laughter in a given situation. Laughter is a part of human behavior regulated by the brain, helping humans clarify their intentions in social interaction and providing an emotional context to conversations. Laughter is used as a signal for being part of a group — it signals acceptance and positive interactions with others. Laughter is sometimes seen as contagious, and the laughter of one person can itself provoke laughter from others as a positive feedback. This may account in part for the popularity of laugh tracks in situation comedy television shows. The study of humor and laughter, and its psychological and physiological effects on the human body, is called gelotology.
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. The sound you always hear when you chase your hat down the street. 2. Nature's rest-cure for tired nerves. 3. The solace of the sad. 4. A facial sunburst that is fatal to the glooms.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An involuntary expression of merriment and pleasure; it includes the patterned motor responses as well as the inarticulate vocalization.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'laughter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4029
Rank popularity for the word 'laughter' in Nouns Frequency: #1705
The numerical value of laughter in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of laughter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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- rialla, riureCatalan, Valencian
- latter, grinDanish
- Gelächter, LachenGerman
- gàireScottish Gaelic
- ծիծաղ, քրքիջArmenian
- riso, risataItalian
- 笑い, 笑い声Japanese
- gelach, lachenDutch
- dlohNavajo, Navaho
- ris, risadaOccitan
- risada, risosPortuguese
- riez, risaglia, risada, riem, riözRomansh
- râset, râsRomanian
- смех, хохотRussian
- smijȇh, hȉhōtSerbo-Croatian
- gülüş, kahkahaTurkish
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