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Definitions of tear

  1. move quickly and violently; " The car tore down the street"; " He came charging into my office"
  2. separate or cause to separate abruptly; " The rope snapped"; " tear the paper"
  3. an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; " there was a rip in his pants"
  4. move precipitously or violently; " The tornado ripped along the coast"
  5. the act of tearing; " he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear"
  6. a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands; " his story brought tears to her eyes"
  7. fill with tears or shed tears; " Her eyes were tearing"
  8. to separate or be separated by force; " planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars"
  9. Tore.
  10. A partially vitrified bit of clay in glass.
  11. 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.
  12. Something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid matter; also, a solid, transparent, tear- shaped drop, as of some balsams or resins.
  13. That which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge.
  14. 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.
  15. Hence, to divide by violent measures; to disrupt; to rend; as, a party or government torn by factions.
  16. To rend away; to force away; to remove by force; to sunder; as, a child torn from its home.
  17. To pull with violence; as, to tear the hair.
  18. To move violently; to agitate.
  19. To divide or separate on being pulled; to be rent; as, this cloth tears easily.
  20. To move and act with turbulent violence; to rush with violence; hence, to rage; to rave.
  21. The act of tearing, or the state of being torn; a rent; a fissure.
  22. A small drop of the watery fluid secreted or given forth by a gland of the eye; any drop of a similar shape.
  23. A rent; a hole made by pulling apart.
  24. To pull apart; to separate by violence; rend; scratch; fill with distress.
  25. To part on being pulled; to move with agitated haste.
  26. Torn.
  27. Tearing.
  28. A drop or small quantity of the limpid fluid secreted by the lachrymal gland, and appearing in the eyes or flowing from them. The lachrymal fluid serves to moisten the cornea and preserve its transparency, and to remove any dust or fine substance that enters the eye and gives pain. The normally secreted fluid, after performing its ordinary functions, passes through the lachrymal ducts and sac into the nasal channels. Moral and physical causes, however, as strong passion ( grief, sorrow, joy), incontrollable laughter, pain, esp. in the eye itself, increase the secretion considerably, and when the lachrymal duct does not suffice to carry it off it runs over the eyelids. Tears are a little heavie than water; they have a saline taste, and an alkaline reagency, owing to the presence of free soda.
  29. To draw asunder or separate with violence: to make a violent rent in: to lacerate.
  30. To move or act with violence: to rage:- pa. t. ( B.) tare; pa. p. torn.
  31. Something torn, a rent.
  32. TEARER.
  33. A drop of the clear fluid from the eye.
  34. To move or act with violence; rush.
  35. To part asunder violently; rend; lacerate.
  36. To pull apart, as cloth; rend; sunder; sever; lacerate.
  37. To make, as a hole, by rending.
  38. To part or separate on being pulled.
  39. To move or act with precipitate haste.
  40. A fissure made by tearing; a rent; an act of tearing.
  41. A drop of the saline liquid from the eye.
  42. A rent or fissure.
  43. To separate by violence or pulling; to rend; to lacerate: to shatter; to pull with violence; to remove by violence. To tear from, to separate and take away by force. To tear off, to pull off by violence. To tear up, to rip up.
  44. To be rent; to rave; to rage; to rant; to move and act with violence.
  45. One of the fluid drops which flow or fall from the eyes through excessive grief or joy; any moisture trickling in drops.
  46. To separate by violence; to rupture; to shatter; to divide by pulling; to rend; to remove or take a way by violence, or by some degree of force; to go very fast, as to tear along; to rave; to rage.
  47. A rent; a rupture; a separation by violence.

Usage examples for tear

  1. What it cost her to do this, what it cost her to tear herself away from her sick husband and her only child, who shall say? – Charlotte's Inheritance by M. E. Braddon
  2. And yet, from my heart I tear what I was! – Early Plays Catiline, The Warrior's Barrow, Olaf Liljekrans by Henrik Ibsen
  3. He added, " If it doesn't, I'll tear the truth out of Bellaver with my hands." – The Legion of Lazarus by Edmond Hamilton
  4. But they soon found me again, and came after me at full tear not more than a hundred yards behind. – The Mahatma and the Hare by H. Rider Haggard
  5. He made the effort, doubtfully at first, but hope came as the sharp edge began to tear at the rope. – The Case and The Girl by Randall Parrish
  6. You come to tear me from this place! – The Death of Wallenstein A Play by Frederich Schiller
  7. Tear them from me- by force! – The Man of Destiny by George Bernard Shaw
  8. There was a tear in Francesca's eye. – O+F by John Moncure Wetterau
  9. Every stone you tear out of the Church will be thrown at you by the people. – Master Olof A Drama in Five Acts by August Strindberg
  10. I feel as if I could tear him in pieces. – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  11. I'll tear her eyes out first. – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  12. They'll tear your clothes off. – The Heart Of The Hills by John Fox, Jr.
  13. I will tear myself loose, be something in and for myself. – The Great Hunger by Johan Bojer
  14. He had to try and tear her away from the life she was leading. – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  15. Lucas gazed at him as if to tear out of him the truth of the matter. – Helmet of Navarre by Bertha Runkle
  16. Tear them up, tear them up! – A Splendid Hazard by Harold MacGrath
  17. No sooner had I entered upon its consideration, than I could scarcely tear myself from it. – Pelham, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009
  18. " Tear it up," answered La Mothe. – The Justice of the King by Hamilton Drummond
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