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humour

A fluid or gel-like substance.

hu·mor

(hyū'mŏr) [TA]
1. Any clear fluid or semifluid hyaline anatomic substance.
2. One of the elemental body fluids that were the basis of the physiologic and pathologic teachings of the hippocratic school: blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm.
Synonym(s): humour.
[L. correctly, umor, liquid]

humour

The possession of, or the capacity to perceive, those things which excite laughter or the desire to laugh. Humour is one of the more mysterious characteristics of the human being and its nature has been endlessly argued. We laugh when we are painlessly surprised; when we perceive foolishness or qualities to which we consider ourselves superior; when we see the pompous deflated, the powerful threatened or the consciously superior mocked. Theories abound, none of them entirely convincing. Humour is, however, a valuable human attribute and its absence is a personality defect.

humour

any body fluid, particularly those in front of, and behind, the lens of the eye, the AQUEOUS HUMOUR and VITREOUS HUMOUR.

hu·mor

(hyū'mŏr) [TA]
1. Any clear fluid or semifluid hyaline anatomic substance.
2. One of the elemental body fluids that were the basis of the physiologic and pathologic teachings of the hippocratic school: blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm.
See also: humoral doctrine
Synonym(s): humour.
[L. correctly, umor, liquid]
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And there is also a deep and, I suspect, honest desire to amuse the bourgeois soul (remember, she is from Germany, where amusement is sometimes at a premium), even if she has to do it with gentle shocks and humorlessly momentous incongruity.
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If not about dry numbers, the enterprise (indirectly) has been about something equally uninspiring: Bill Clinton's personal life, as Gore and Bush competed humorlessly to demonstrate marital fidelity and fatherly instincts.