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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sigh \Sigh\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Sighed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sighing}.] [OE. sighen, si?en; cf. also OE. siken, AS. s[imac]can, and OE. sighten, si?ten, sichten, AS. siccettan; all, perhaps, of imitative origin.]

1. To inhale a larger quantity of air than usual, and immediately expel it; to make a deep single audible respiration, especially as the result or involuntary expression of fatigue, exhaustion, grief, sorrow, or the like.

2. Hence, to lament; to grieve.

He sighed deeply in his spirit. --Mark viii. 12.

3. To make a sound like sighing.

And the coming wind did roar more loud, And the sails did sigh like sedge. --Coleridge.

The winter winds are wearily sighing. --Tennyson.

Note: An extraordinary pronunciation of this word as s[imac]th is still heard in England and among the illiterate in the United States.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sighing \Sigh"ing\, adjective Uttering sighs; grieving; lamenting. "Sighing millions." --Cowper. -- {Sigh"ing*ly}, adverb


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