from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Shedding tears; tearful.
  • adj. Dropping rain: weeping clouds.
  • adj. Having slender drooping branches.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of weep.
  • n. Action of the verb to weep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Grieving; lamenting; shedding tears.
  • adj. Discharging water, or other liquid, in drops or very slowly; surcharged with water.
  • adj. Having slender, pendent branches; -- said of trees.
  • adj. Pertaining to lamentation, or those who weep.
  • n. The act of one who weeps; lamentation with tears; shedding of tears.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Wailing; lamentation; shedding of tears.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds)
  • adj. showing sorrow
  • adj. having branches or flower heads that bend downward


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