Aqueous humor
Humor Hu"mor, n. [OE. humour, OF. humor, umor, F. humeur, L. humor, umor, moisture, fluid, fr. humere, umere, to be moist. See {Humid}.] [Written also {humour}.] 1. Moisture, especially, the moisture or fluid of animal bodies, as the chyle, lymph, etc.; as, the humors of the eye, etc. [1913 Webster]

Note: The ancient physicians believed that there were four humors (the blood, phlegm, yellow bile or choler, and black bile or melancholy), on the relative proportion of which the temperament and health depended. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) A vitiated or morbid animal fluid, such as often causes an eruption on the skin. ``A body full of humors.'' --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

3. State of mind, whether habitual or temporary (as formerly supposed to depend on the character or combination of the fluids of the body); disposition; temper; mood; as, good humor; ill humor. [1913 Webster]

Examine how your humor is inclined, And which the ruling passion of your mind. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

A prince of a pleasant humor. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

I like not the humor of lying. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. Changing and uncertain states of mind; caprices; freaks; vagaries; whims. [1913 Webster]

Is my friend all perfection, all virtue and discretion? Has he not humors to be endured? --South. [1913 Webster]

5. That quality of the imagination which gives to ideas an incongruous or fantastic turn, and tends to excite laughter or mirth by ludicrous images or representations; a playful fancy; facetiousness. [1913 Webster]

For thy sake I admit That a Scot may have humor, I'd almost said wit. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

A great deal of excellent humor was expended on the perplexities of mine host. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

{Aqueous humor}, {Crystalline humor} or {Crystalline lens}, {Vitreous humor}. (Anat.) See {Eye}.

{Out of humor}, dissatisfied; displeased; in an unpleasant frame of mind.

Syn: Wit; satire; pleasantry; temper; disposition; mood; frame; whim; fancy; caprice. See {Wit}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Aqueous humor — Aqueous A que*ous, a. [Cf. F. aqueux, L. aquosus, fr. aqua. See {Aqua}, {Aquose}.] 1. Partaking of the nature of water, or abounding with it; watery. [1913 Webster] The aqueous vapor of the air. Tyndall. [1913 Webster] 2. Made from, or by means… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aqueous humor — n. a watery fluid in the space between the cornea and the lens of the eye: see EYE …   English World dictionary

  • Aqueous humor — In medicine, humor refers to a fluid (or semifluid) substance. Thus, the aqueous humor is the fluid normally present in the front and rear chambers of the eye. It is a clear, watery fluid that flows between and nourishes the lens and the cornea;… …   Medical dictionary

  • aqueous humor — noun the limpid fluid within the eyeball between the cornea and the lens • Syn: ↑aqueous humour • Hypernyms: ↑liquid body substance, ↑bodily fluid, ↑body fluid, ↑humor, ↑humour * * * ˌaqueous ˈhumour 7 …   Useful english dictionary

  • aqueous humor — The fluid in the anterior chamber of the eye; see vitreous humor …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • aqueous humor — noun Date: 1643 a transparent fluid occupying the space between the crystalline lens and the cornea of the eye …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aqueous humor — Anat. the limpid watery fluid that fills the space between the cornea and the crystalline lens in the eye. [1635 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • aqueous humor —    Physically essential to sight, a clear, watery fluid found in the anterior chamber of the eye …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • aqueous humor — a′queous hu′mor n. oph the watery fluid between the cornea and the lens of the eye • Etymology: 1635–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • Aqueous — A que*ous, a. [Cf. F. aqueux, L. aquosus, fr. aqua. See {Aqua}, {Aquose}.] 1. Partaking of the nature of water, or abounding with it; watery. [1913 Webster] The aqueous vapor of the air. Tyndall. [1913 Webster] 2. Made from, or by means of, water …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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