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

  • n. An emoticon, especially a smiling facial glyph [ :-) ] used to express delight or to indicate humor or irony.
  • adj. Having a cheerful and happy disposition; smiling.

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  • adj. Cheerful and happy; smiling.
  • n. A simplified representation of a smiling face.
  • n. A sequence of keyboard characters used to represent a person's mood or emotion, especially :) or :-) or other smiling depiction.
  • n. Having one's throat slit from side to side.
  • n. An improvised street weapon consisting of a length of chain with padlocks and other heavy objects affixed to one end.

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