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tear

noun (n)

  • a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands (noun.body)
    Synonym: teardrop
    Example:
    His story brought tears to her eyes.
    source: wordnet30
  • an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart (noun.object)
    Synonym: rent, rip, snag, split
    source: wordnet30
  • an occasion for excessive eating or drinking (noun.act)
    Synonym: binge, bout, bust
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of tearing (noun.act)
    Example:
    He took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • The act of tearing, or the state of being torn; a rent; a fissure. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A partially vitrified bit of clay in glass. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • separate or cause to separate abruptly (verb.contact)
    Synonym: bust, rupture, snap
    Example:
    Tear the paper.
    source: wordnet30
  • to separate or be separated by force (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • move quickly and violently (verb.motion)
    source: wordnet30
  • strip of feathers (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • fill with tears or shed tears (verb.body)
    Example:
    Her eyes were tearing.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To divide or separate on being pulled; to be rent; as, this cloth tears easily. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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