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 for Humor
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.
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     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.
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     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.
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              Examine how your humor is inclined,
              And which the ruling passion of your mind.
                                                    --Roscommon.
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              A prince of a pleasant humor.         --Bacon.
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              I like not the humor of lying.        --Shak.
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     4. pl. Changing and uncertain states of mind; caprices;
        freaks; vagaries; whims.
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              Is my friend all perfection, all virtue and
              discretion? Has he not humors to be endured?
                                                    --South.
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     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.
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              For thy sake I admit
              That a Scot may have humor, I'd almost said wit.
                                                    --Goldsmith.
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              A great deal of excellent humor was expended on the
              perplexities of mine host.            --W. Irving.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Humor \Hu"mor\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Humored; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Humoring.]
     1. To comply with the humor of; to adjust matters so as suit
        the peculiarities, caprices, or exigencies of; to adapt
        one's self to; to indulge by skillful adaptation; as, to
        humor the mind.
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              It is my part to invent, and the musician's to humor
              that invention.                       --Dryden.
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     2. To help on by indulgence or compliant treatment; to
        soothe; to gratify; to please.
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              You humor me when I am sick.          --Pope.
  
     Syn: To gratify; to indulge. See Gratify.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  humor
      n 1: a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity
           has the power to evoke laughter [syn: wit, humor,
           humour, witticism, wittiness]
      2: the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the
         humorous; "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't
         survive in the army without a sense of humor" [syn: humor,
         humour, sense of humor, sense of humour]
      3: a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of
         feeling; "whether he praised or cursed me depended on his
         temper at the time"; "he was in a bad humor" [syn: temper,
         mood, humor, humour]
      4: the quality of being funny; "I fail to see the humor in it"
         [syn: humor, humour]
      5: (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose
         balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical
         state; "the humors are blood and phlegm and yellow and black
         bile" [syn: humor, humour]
      6: the liquid parts of the body [syn: liquid body substance,
         bodily fluid, body fluid, humor, humour]
      v 1: put into a good mood [syn: humor, humour]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  288 Moby Thesaurus words for "humor":
     Atticism, Rh factor, Rh-negative, Rh-positive, Rh-type,
     Rhesus factor, agile wit, ambiversion, antibody, antigen, appease,
     arterial blood, baby, banter, bay, bee, black humor, blood,
     blood bank, blood cell, blood count, blood donor,
     blood donor center, blood group, blood grouping, blood picture,
     blood platelet, blood pressure, blood serum, blood substitute,
     bloodmobile, bloodstream, body-build, bogginess, boutade,
     brainstorm, brand, burlesque, capriccio, caprice, caricature, cast,
     cater to, chaffing, character, characteristic, characteristics,
     chitchat, chyle, circulation, clinical dextran, cocker, coddle,
     colostrum, comedy, comicality, comicalness, complexion,
     composition, conceit, constituents, constitution, cosset, cotton,
     crank, crasis, craze, crazy idea, crotchet, cue,
     cycloid personality, cyclothymia, damp, dampness, dewiness,
     dextran, dharma, diathesis, discharge, disposition, drollery,
     drollness, dry wit, ectomorphism, ectomorphy, endomorphism,
     endomorphy, erythrocyte, esprit, ethos, extroversion,
     extrovertedness, exudation, facetiousness, fad, fancy,
     fantastic notion, fantasy, farce, favor, fiber, flimflam,
     flippancy, fogginess, fool notion, frame, frame of mind, freak,
     freakish inspiration, funniness, gags, genius, give way to, gleet,
     globulin, gore, grain, gratify, grume, habit, harebrained idea,
     heart, hematics, hematologist, hematology, hematoscope,
     hematoscopy, hemocyte, hemoglobin, hemometer, hue, humectation,
     humorousness, humors, ichor, ilk, individualism, individuality,
     indulge, ingoingness, introversion, introvertedness, irony,
     isoantibody, jesting, jocoseness, jocularity, jocundity, jokes,
     joking, jolly, kidding, kind, kink, lachryma, lactation, lampoon,
     leukocyte, leukorrhea, levity, lifeblood, lightness, ludicrousness,
     lymph, maggot, makeup, marshiness, matter, megrim, mesomorphism,
     mesomorphy, milk, mind, mistiness, moistiness, moistness, moisture,
     mold, mollify, mollycoddle, mood, morale, mucor, mucus, nature,
     neutrophil, nimble wit, note, notion, oblige, opsonin,
     other-directedness, outgoingness, pamper, parody, passing fancy,
     peccant humor, personality, personality tendency, phagocyte,
     phlegm, physique, placate, plasma, plasma substitute, pleasantry,
     please, pretty wit, property, purulence, pus, quality, quick wit,
     quirk, raillery, rainfall, raininess, ready wit, red corpuscle,
     repartee, rheum, saliva, salt, sanies, sarcasm, satire, satisfy,
     savor of wit, schizoid personality, schizothymia, serous fluid,
     serum, showeriness, slapstick, slapstick humor, snot, soddenness,
     sogginess, somatotype, soothe, soppiness, sort, spirit, spirits,
     spoil, squib, stamp, state of mind, strain, streak, stripe,
     subtle wit, suchness, suppuration, swampiness, sweat, syntony,
     system, tear, teardrop, temper, temperament, tendency, tenor,
     the whites, tone, toy, travesty, type, type O, urine, vagary, vein,
     venous blood, visual humor, waggishness, wateriness, way, wet,
     wetness, wettishness, whim, whim-wham, whimsy, white corpuscle,
     wit, wittiness, yield to
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  hacker humour
  humor
  humour
  
     A distinctive style of shared intellectual humour found among
     hackers, having the following marked characteristics:
  
     1. Fascination with form-vs.-content jokes, paradoxes, and
     humour having to do with confusion of metalevels (see meta).
     One way to make a hacker laugh: hold a red index card in front
     of him/her with "GREEN" written on it, or vice-versa (note,
     however, that this is funny only the first time).
  
     2. Elaborate deadpan parodies of large intellectual
     constructs, such as specifications (see write-only memory),
     standards documents, language descriptions (see INTERCAL),
     and even entire scientific theories (see quantum
     bogodynamics, computron).
  
     3. Jokes that involve screwily precise reasoning from bizarre,
     ludicrous, or just grossly counter-intuitive premises.
  
     4. Fascination with puns and wordplay.
  
     5. A fondness for apparently mindless humour with subversive
     currents of intelligence in it - for example, old Warner
     Brothers and Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoons, the Marx brothers,
     the early B-52s, and Monty Python's Flying Circus.  Humour
     that combines this trait with elements of high camp and
     slapstick is especially favoured.
  
     6. References to the symbol-object antinomies and associated
     ideas in Zen Buddhism and (less often) Taoism.  See has the X
     nature, Discordianism, zen, ha ha only serious, AI
     koan.
  
     See also filk and retrocomputing.  If you have an itchy
     feeling that all 6 of these traits are really aspects of one
     thing that is incredibly difficult to talk about exactly, you
     are (a) correct and (b) responding like a hacker.  These
     traits are also recognizable (though in a less marked form)
     throughout science-fiction fandom.
  
     (1995-12-18)
  

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