Definition of Tear

1. Noun. A drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands. "His story brought tears to her eyes"

Exact synonyms: Teardrop
Group relationships: Lachrymal Secretion, Lacrimal Secretion
Generic synonyms: Drib, Driblet, Drop
Terms within: H2o, Water

2. Verb. Separate or cause to separate abruptly. "They tear the sheets"; "Tear the paper"
Exact synonyms: Bust, Rupture, Snap
Generic synonyms: Disunite, Divide, Part, Separate
Specialized synonyms: Lacerate, Pull, Rend, Rip, Rive, Rip Up, Shred, Tear Up
Derivative terms: Rupture, Rupture, Snap
Also: Tear Apart, Tear Down, Tear Up

3. Noun. An opening made forcibly as by pulling apart. "She had snags in her stockings"
Exact synonyms: Rent, Rip, Snag, Split
Generic synonyms: Gap, Opening
Derivative terms: Rip, Split

4. Verb. To separate or be separated by force. "Planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars"
Specialized synonyms: Cleave, Rive, Split
Generic synonyms: Disunite, Divide, Part, Separate

5. Noun. An occasion for excessive eating or drinking. "They went on a bust that lasted three days"
Exact synonyms: Binge, Bout, Bust
Generic synonyms: Revel, Revelry
Specialized synonyms: Piss-up
Derivative terms: Binge

6. Verb. Move quickly and violently. "He came charging into my office"
Exact synonyms: Buck, Charge, Shoot, Shoot Down
Generic synonyms: Belt Along, Bucket Along, Cannonball Along, Hasten, Hie, Hotfoot, Pelt Along, Race, Rush, Rush Along, Speed, Step On It
Related verbs: Dart, Dash, Flash, Scoot, Scud, Shoot
Specialized synonyms: Rip
Also: Shoot Up

7. Noun. The act of tearing. "He took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear"
Generic synonyms: Separation
Specialized synonyms: Laceration, Rent, Rip, Split

8. Verb. Strip of feathers. "Pluck the capon"
Exact synonyms: Deplumate, Deplume, Displume, Pluck, Pull
Generic synonyms: Strip

9. Verb. Fill with tears or shed tears. "Her eyes were tearing"
Generic synonyms: Cry, Weep
Derivative terms: Tearing

Definition of Tear

1. n. 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. v. t. 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. v. i. To divide or separate on being pulled; to be rent; as, this cloth tears easily.

4. n. The act of tearing, or the state of being torn; a rent; a fissure.

5. n. A partially vitrified bit of clay in glass.

Definition of Tear

1. Verb. (transitive) To rend (a solid material) by holding or restraining in two places and pulling apart, whether intentionally or not; to destroy or separate. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive with '''off''' or '''out''') To remove by tearing. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive of structures with '''down''') to demolish ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To become torn, especially accidentally. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To move at excessive speed. ¹

6. Noun. A hole or break caused by tearing. ¹

7. Noun. A drop of clear, salty liquid produced from the eyes by crying or irritation. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) To produce tears ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tear

1. to emit tears (drops of saline liquid secreted by a gland of the eye) [v -ED, -ING, -S] / to pull apart or into pieces [v TORE, TORN, TEARING, TEARS] : TEARABLE [adj]

Medical Definition of Tear

1. 1. 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. "Tear him to pieces; he's a conspirator." (Shak) 2. Hence, to divide by violent measures; to disrupt; to rend; as, a party or government torn by factions. 3. To rend away; to force away; to remove by force; to sunder; as, a child torn from its home. "The hand of fate Hath torn thee from me." (Addison) 4. To pull with violence; as, to tear the hair. 5. To move violently; to agitate. "Once I loved torn ocean's roar." To tear a cat, to rant violently; to rave; especially applied to theatrical ranting. To tear down, to demolish violently; to pull or pluck down. To tear off, to pull off by violence; to strip. To tear out, to pull or draw out by violence; as, to tear out the eyes. To tear up, to rip up; to remove from a fixed state by violence; as, to tear up a floor; to tear up the foundation of government or order. Origin: OE. Teren, AS. Teran; akin to OS. Farterian to destroy, D. Teren to consume, G. Zerren to pull, to tear, zehren to consume, Icel. Taera, Goth. Gatairan to destroy, Lith. Dirti to flay, Russ. Drate to pull, to tear, Gr. To flay, Skr. Dar to burst. 63. Cf. Darn, Epidermis, Tarre, Tirade. 1. 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. "And yet for thee ne wept she never a tear." (Chaucer) 2. Something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid matter; also, a solid, transparent, tear-shaped drop, as of some balsams or resins. "Let Araby extol her happy coast, Her fragrant flowers, her trees with precious tears." (Dryden) 3. That which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge. "Some melodous tear." Tear is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, tear-distilling, tear-drop, tear-filled, tear-stained, and the like. Origin: AS. Tear; akin to G. Zarhe, OHG. Zahar, OFries. & Icel. Tar, Sw. Tar, Dan. Taare, Goth. Tagr, OIr. Der, W. Dagr, OW. Dacr, L. Lacrima, lacruma, for older dacruma, Gr, . 59. Cf. Lachrymose. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tear

teamsheet
teamsheets
teamster
teamsters
teamwide
teamwise
teamwork
teamworking
teamworks
tean zu
teapot
teapotlike
teapots
teapoy
teapoys
tear-down
tear-downs
tear-gas
tear-gases
tear-jerker
tear-jerkers
tear-thumb
tear a strip off somebody
tear along
tear apart
tear away
tear down

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