. (a) To drive away by laughter; as, to laugh away regret. (b) To waste in hilarity. "Pompey doth this day laugh away his fortune." Shak.To laugh down. (a) To cause to cease or desist by laughter; as, to laugh down a speaker. (b) To cause to be given up on account of ridicule; as, to laugh down a reform.To laugh one out of, to cause one by laughter or ridicule to abandon or give up; as, to laugh one out of a plan or purpose.To laugh to scorn, to deride; to treat with mockery, contempt, and scorn; to despise.

(Laugh) n. An expression of mirth peculiar to the human species; the sound heard in laughing; laughter. See Laugh, v. i.

And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.

That man is a bad man who has not within him the power of a hearty laugh.
F. W. Robertson.

(Laugh"a*ble) a. Fitted to excite laughter; as, a laughable story; a laughable scene.

Syn. — Droll; ludicrous; mirthful; comical. See Droll, and Ludicrous.

Laugh"a*ble*ness, n.Laugh"a*bly, adv.

(Laugh"er) n.

1. One who laughs.

2. A variety of the domestic pigeon.

(Laugh"ing) a. & n. from Laugh, v. i.

Laughing falcon(Zoöl.), a South American hawk (Herpetotheres cachinnans); — so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh.Laughing gas(Chem.), hyponitrous oxide, or protoxide of nitrogen; — so called from the exhilaration and laughing which it sometimes produces when inhaled. It is much used as an anæsthetic agent.Laughing goose(Zoöl.), the European white-fronted goose. Laughing gull. (Zoöl.) (a) A common European gull (Xema ridibundus); — called also pewit, black cap, red-legged gull, and sea crow. (b) An American gull In summer the head is nearly black, the back slate color, and the five outer primaries black.Laughing hyena(Zoöl.), the spotted hyena. See Hyena.Laughing jackass(Zoöl.), the great brown kingfisher of Australia; — called also giant kingfisher, and gogobera.Laughing owl(Zoöl.), a peculiar owl (Sceloglaux albifacies) of New Zealand, said to be on the verge of extinction. The name alludes to its notes.

(Laugh"ing*ly) adv. With laughter or merriment.

(Laugh"ing*stock`) n. An object of ridicule; a butt of sport. Shak.

When he talked, he talked nonsense, and made himself the laughingstock of his hearers.

(Laugh"some) a. Exciting laughter; also, addicted to laughter; merry. [R.]

(Laugh"ter) n. [AS. hleahtor; akin to OHG. hlahtar, G. gelächter, Icel. hlatr, 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. Browne.

Archly the maiden smiled, and with eyes overrunning with laughter.

To laugh away

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