a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands
"his story brought tears to her eyes"
rip, rent, snag, split, tear(noun)
an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart
"there was a rip in his pants"; "she had snags in her stockings"
bust, tear, binge, bout(noun)
an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
"they went on a bust that lasted three days"
the act of tearing
"he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear"
tear, rupture, snap, bust(verb)
separate or cause to separate abruptly
"The rope snapped"; "tear the paper"
to separate or be separated by force
"planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars"
tear, shoot, shoot down, charge, buck(verb)
move quickly and violently
"The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office"
pluck, pull, tear, deplume, deplumate, displume(verb)
strip of feathers
"pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon"
fill with tears or shed tears
"Her eyes were tearing"
a drop of the limpid, saline fluid secreted, normally in small amount, by the lachrymal gland, and diffused between the eye and the eyelids to moisten the parts and facilitate their motion. Ordinarily the secretion passes through the lachrymal duct into the nose, but when it is increased by emotion or other causes, it overflows the lids
something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid matter; also, a solid, transparent, tear-shaped drop, as of some balsams or resins
that which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge
to separate by violence; to pull apart by force; to rend; to lacerate; as, to tear cloth; to tear a garment; to tear the skin or flesh
hence, to divide by violent measures; to disrupt; to rend; as, a party or government torn by factions
to rend away; to force away; to remove by force; to sunder; as, a child torn from its home
to pull with violence; as, to tear the hair
to move violently; to agitate
to divide or separate on being pulled; to be rent; as, this cloth tears easily
to move and act with turbulent violence; to rush with violence; hence, to rage; to rave
the act of tearing, or the state of being torn; a rent; a fissure
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
tēr, n. a drop of the fluid secreted by the lachrymal gland, appearing in the eyes: anything like a tear.—ns. Tear′-drop, a tear; Tear′-duct, the lachrymal or nasal duct.—adjs. Tear′-fall′ing (Shak.), shedding tears, tender; Tear′ful, abounding with or shedding tears: weeping.—adv. Tear′fully.—n. Tear′fulness.—adjs. Tear′less, without tears: unfeeling; Tear′-stained (Shak.), stained with tears; Tear′y, tearful, [A.S. teár, tǽr; Goth. tagr; cf. L. lacrima, Gr. dakru.]
tār, v.t. to draw asunder or separate with violence: to make a violent rent in: to lacerate.—v.i. to move or act with violence: to rage:—pa.t. tōre, (B.) tāre; pa.p. tōrn.—n. something torn, a rent: (slang) a spree.—n. Tear′er, one who, or that which, tears: (slang) a boisterous person.—p.adj. Tear′ing, great, terrible, rushing.—Tear and wear (see Wear); Tear one's self away, to go off with great unwillingness; Tear the hair, to pull the hair in a frenzy of grief or rage; Tear up, to remove from a fixed state by violence: to pull to pieces. [A.S. teran; cf. Ger. zehren.]
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'tear' in Nouns Frequency: #944
Rank popularity for the word 'tear' in Verbs Frequency: #576
The numerical value of tear in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of tear in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Love your neighbor, but don't tear down your fence.
He told him, 'Hurry, because the police have taken us. They used tear gas,'.
The right thing to do is tear the house down and let the neighborhood get back to normal.
The American sign of civic progress is to tear down the familiar and erect the monstrous.
Many a man wishes he were strong enough to tear a telephone book in half-especially if he has a teenage daughter.
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