Definitions for tear gastɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tear′ gas`tɪər(n.)

  1. a gas that makes the eyes smart and water, thus producing a temporary blindness, used in warfare, to quell riots, etc.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of tear gas:


tear′-gas`(v.t.)-gassed, -gas•sing.

tear′gas`(v.t.)-gassed, -gas•sing.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tear gas, teargas, lacrimator, lachrymator(noun)

    a gas that makes the eyes fill with tears but does not damage them; used in dispersing crowds


  1. tear gas(Noun)

    Any lachrymatory non-lethal chemical compound that causes the eyes to sting and water and/or irritates the respiratory system, mostly used for controlling crowds during riots or as self-defense.

  2. tear gas(Verb)

    To use tear gas.

Translations for tear gas

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

tear gas

a kind of gas causing blinding tears, used against eg rioters.

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