Definitions for teartɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a drop of the saline, watery fluid continually secreted by the lacrimal glands between the surface of the eye and the eyelid.

    Category: Physiology

  2. a drop of this fluid appearing in or flowing from the eye as the result of emotion, esp. grief.

    Category: Physiology

  3. something resembling a tear, as a drop of a liquid or a tearlike mass of a solid substance.

  4. tears, grief; sorrow. an act of weeping:

    bored to tears.

  5. (v.i.)(of the eyes) to fill up and overflow with tears.

Idioms for tear:

  1. in tears,weeping.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of tear:

bef. 900; (n.) ME teer, OE tēar, tæher

teartɛər(v.; n.)tore, torn, tear•ing

  1. (v.t.)to pull apart or in pieces by force; rend.

  2. to pull or snatch violently; wrench away with force:

    to tear a book from someone's hands.

  3. to divide or disrupt:

    a country torn by civil war.

  4. to produce by rending:

    to tear a hole in one's coat.

  5. to wound or injure by or as if by rending; lacerate:

    grief that tears the heart.

  6. to remove by force or effort (often fol. by away):

    It was such an exciting lecture, I couldn't tear myself away.

  7. (v.i.)to become torn:

    The fabric tears easily.

  8. to move or behave with force, violent haste, or energy:

    The wind tore through the trees; cars tearing up and down the highway.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  9. tear at, to pluck violently at. to distress; afflict.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  10. tear down, to pull down; demolish. to disparage or discredit.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  11. tear into, to attack impulsively or viciously.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  12. tear up, to tear into small shreds. to cancel or annul:

    to tear up a contract.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  13. (n.)the act of tearing.

  14. a rent or fissure.

  15. a rage or passionate outburst.

  16. Informal. a spree.

    Category: Informal

Idioms for tear:

  1. tear it,Slang. to ruin all chances for a successful outcome.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of tear:

bef. 900; ME teren (v.), OE teran, c. OFris tera, OS terian, OHG zeran, Gk dérein to flay


Princeton's WordNet

  1. tear, teardrop(noun)

    a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands

    "his story brought tears to her eyes"

  2. 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"

  3. bust, tear, binge, bout(noun)

    an occasion for excessive eating or drinking

    "they went on a bust that lasted three days"

  4. tear(verb)

    the act of tearing

    "he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear"

  5. tear, rupture, snap, bust(verb)

    separate or cause to separate abruptly

    "The rope snapped"; "tear the paper"

  6. tear(verb)

    to separate or be separated by force

    "planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars"

  7. tear, shoot, shoot down, charge, buck(verb)

    move quickly and violently

    "The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office"

  8. pluck, pull, tear, deplume, deplumate, displume(verb)

    strip of feathers

    "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon"

  9. tear(verb)

    fill with tears or shed tears

    "Her eyes were tearing"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tear(verb)ɛər

    to rip sth

    You tore one of the pages!; Pull it gently so that it doesn't tear.

  2. tearɛər

    to rush somewhere, especially with excitement

    The boys tore out of the house to see their father.

  3. tear(noun)ɛər

    the place where sth is ripped

    There was a tear in the pocket of his jacket.

  4. tear(noun)ɛər

    a drop of liquid that comes from your eye when you cry

    tears rolling down her cheeks

  5. tearɛər

    to start crying

    All I said was "maybe not," and he burst into tears.

  6. tearɛər


    I found her in tears on the doorstep.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tear(noun)

    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

  2. Tear(noun)

    something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid matter; also, a solid, transparent, tear-shaped drop, as of some balsams or resins

  3. Tear(noun)

    that which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge

  4. Tear(verb)

    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

  5. Tear(verb)

    hence, to divide by violent measures; to disrupt; to rend; as, a party or government torn by factions

  6. Tear(verb)

    to rend away; to force away; to remove by force; to sunder; as, a child torn from its home

  7. Tear(verb)

    to pull with violence; as, to tear the hair

  8. Tear(verb)

    to move violently; to agitate

  9. Tear(verb)

    to divide or separate on being pulled; to be rent; as, this cloth tears easily

  10. Tear(verb)

    to move and act with turbulent violence; to rush with violence; hence, to rage; to rave

  11. Tear(noun)

    the act of tearing, or the state of being torn; a rent; a fissure

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tear' in Nouns Frequency: #944

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tear' in Verbs Frequency: #576

Translations for tear

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(sometimes with off etc) to make a split or hole in (something), intentionally or unintentionally, with a sudden or violent pulling action, or to remove (something) from its position by such an action or movement

He tore the photograph into pieces; You've torn a hole in your jacket; I tore the picture out of a magazine.

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