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tear

Noun

1 a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands; "his story brought tears to her eyes" [syn: teardrop]
2 an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; "there was a rip in his pants"; "she had snags in her stockings" [syn: rip, rent, snag, split]
3 an occasion for excessive eating or drinking; "they went on a bust that lasted three days" [syn: bust, binge, bout]
4 the act of tearing; "he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear"

Verb

1 separate or cause to separate abruptly; "The rope snapped"; "tear the paper" [syn: rupture, snap, bust]
2 to separate or be separated by force; "planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars"
3 move quickly and violently; "The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office" [syn: shoot, shoot down, charge, buck]
4 strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon" [syn: pluck, pull, deplume, deplumate, displume]
5 fill with tears or shed tears; "Her eyes were tearing" [also: torn, tore]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology 1

etyl ang teran

Pronunciation

  • a RP , /tɛə/, /tE@/
  • a US , /tɛɚ/, /tE@`/

Verb

  1. To rend (a solid material) by holding or restraining in two places and pulling apart, whether intentionally or not; to destroy or separate.
    He tore his coat on the nail.
  2. To remove by tearing.
    Tear the coupon out of the newspaper.
  3. to demolish
    The slums were torn down to make way for the new development
  4. To become torn, especially accidentally.
    My dress has torn.
  5. To move at excessive speed.
    He went tearing down the hill at 90 miles per hour.
Synonyms
Translations
rend
remove by tearing
become torn
move at excessive speed
  • Russian: нестись

Noun

  1. A hole or break caused by tearing.
    A small tear is easy to mend, if it is on the seam.
Derived terms
Translations
hole or break caused by tearing

Derived terms

Etymology 2

etyl ang tear, from an earlier form of teahor, from .

Pronunciation

  • a RP , /tɪə/, /tI@/
  • a US , /tɪɚ/, /tI@`/

Noun

  1. A drop of clear, salty liquid produced from the eyes by crying or irritation.
    There were big tears rolling down Lisa's cheeks.
    Ryan wiped the tear from the paper where he was crying on.
Translations
drop of clear salty liquid from the eyes

Verb

  1. To produce tears
    Her eyes began to tear in the harsh wind.
Translations
To produce tears

Old English

Pronunciation

  • /tæ:aɹ/

Etymology

Germanic *taxraz, from Indo-European *dak̑ru-.
Germanic cognates: Old Frisian tār, Old High German zahar (German Zähre, originally p), Old Norse tár (Swedish tår), Gothic ��������.
Indo-European cognates: Sanskrit अश्रु, Greek δάκρυ, Latin lacrima, Old Irish dér, Welsh deigr.

Noun

tēar
  1. tear

Portuguese

Etymology

Ultimately from Latin tela

Noun

tear

West Frisian

Noun

tear

Extensive Definition

Tear may refer to:
Elements in fiction:
Titles of creative works:

See also

tear in Korean: 티어
tear in Japanese: ティアーズ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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