Definitions of tear

  1. To be rent; to rave; to rage; to rant; to move and act with violence.
  2. 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.
  3. Hence, to divide by violent measures; to disrupt; to rend; as, a party or government torn by factions.
  4. To rend away; to force away; to remove by force; to sunder; as, a child torn from its home.
  5. To pull with violence; as, to tear the hair.
  6. To move violently; to agitate.
  7. To pull apart; to separate by violence; rend; scratch; fill with distress.
  8. To draw asunder or separate with violence: to make a violent rent in: to lacerate.
  9. To part asunder violently; rend; lacerate.
  10. To pull apart, as cloth; rend; sunder; sever; lacerate.
  11. To make, as a hole, by rending.
  12. To divide or separate on being pulled; to be rent; as, this cloth tears easily.
  13. To move and act with turbulent violence; to rush with violence; hence, to rage; to rave.
  14. To part on being pulled; to move with agitated haste.
  15. To move or act with violence: to rage:- pa. t. ( B.) tare; pa. p. torn.
  16. To move or act with violence; rush.
  17. move quickly and violently; " The car tore down the street"; " He came charging into my office"
  18. move precipitously or violently; " The tornado ripped along the coast"
  19. fill with tears or shed tears; " Her eyes were tearing"
  20. to separate or be separated by force; " planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars"
  21. To part or separate on being pulled.
  22. To move or act with precipitate haste.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Tearing.
  26. Torn.
  27. the act of tearing; " he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear"
  28. a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands; " his story brought tears to her eyes"
  29. A partially vitrified bit of clay in glass.
  30. 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.
  31. Something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid matter; also, a solid, transparent, tear- shaped drop, as of some balsams or resins.
  32. That which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge.
  33. The act of tearing, or the state of being torn; a rent; a fissure.
  34. A small drop of the watery fluid secreted or given forth by a gland of the eye; any drop of a similar shape.
  35. A rent; a hole made by pulling apart.
  36. 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.
  37. Something torn, a rent.
  38. TEARER.
  39. A drop of the clear fluid from the eye.
  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. One of the fluid drops which flow or fall from the eyes through excessive grief or joy; any moisture trickling in drops.
  44. A rent; a rupture; a separation by violence.
  45. Tore.