(Lau*da"tion) n. [L. laudatio: cf. OE. taudation. See Land, v. t.] The act of lauding; praise; high
(Laud"a*tive) a. [L. laudativus laudatory: cf. F. laudatif.] Laudatory.
(Laud"a*tive), n. A panegyric; a eulogy. [Obs.] Bacon.
(||Lau*da"tor) n. [L.]
1. One who lauds.
2. (Law) An arbitrator. [Obs.] Cowell.
(Laud"a*to*ry) a. [L. laudatorius: cf. OF. laudatoire.] Of or pertaining praise, or to the expression
of praise; as, laudatory verses; the laudatory powers of Dryden. Sir J. Stephen.
(Laud"er) n. One who lauds.
(Laugh) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Laughed (l&auft); p. pr. & vb. n. Laughing.] [OE. laughen, laghen,
lauhen, AS. hlehhan, hlihhan, hlyhhan, hliehhan; akin to OS. hlahan, D. & G. lachen, OHG. hlahhan,
lahhan, lahhen, Icel. hlæja, 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,Pope.
No fool to laugh at, which he valued more.
To laugh in the sleeve, to laugh secretly, or so as not to be observed, especially while apparently
preserving a grave or serious demeanor toward the person or persons laughed at. To laugh out,
to laugh in spite of some restraining influence; to laugh aloud. To laugh out of the other corner (or
side) of the mouth, to weep or cry; to feel regret, vexation, or disappointment after hilarity or exaltation.
(Laugh), v. t.
1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule.
Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy?Shak.
I shall laugh myself to death.Shak.
2. To express by, or utter with, laughter; with out.
From his deep chest laughs out a loud applause.Shak.