What does TEAR mean?

Definitions for TEARtɪər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word TEAR.

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"

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tear

    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.]

  2. Tear

    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

  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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of TEAR in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of TEAR in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. German proverb:

    Love your neighbor, but don't tear down your fence.

  2. President Raul Castro:

    There is a fear that this will tear Cuban society apart.

  3. Donald Trump on Thursday:

    I see no circumstances under which I would tear up that pledge.

  4. Lisa Pruitt:

    They ought to do something - tear it down, make it a strip mall.

  5. Lord Byron:

    Oh too convincing - dangerously dear - In woman's eye the unanswerable tear

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