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Definition of TEAR

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Tear \Tear\ (t[=e]r), n. [AS. te['a]r; akin to G. z[aum]rhe, OHG. zahar, OFries. & Icel. t[=a]r, Sw. t[*a]r, Dan. taare, Goth. tagr, OIr. d[=e]r, W. dagr, OW. dacr, L. lacrima, lacruma, for older dacruma, Gr. da`kry, da`kryon, da`kryma. [root]59. Cf. {Lachrymose}.]
     1. (Physiol.) 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. [1913 Webster]

              And yet for thee ne wept she never a tear.
                                                    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Let Araby extol her happy coast,
              Her fragrant flowers, her trees with precious tears.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     3. That which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge. [R.] "Some melodous tear." --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Glass Manuf.) A partially vitrified bit of clay in glass. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     Note: Tear is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, tear-distilling, tear-drop, tear-filled, tear-stained, and the like. [1913 Webster]

     {Tears of St. Lawrence}, the Perseid shower of meteors, seen every year on or about the eve of St. Lawrence, August
        9th.

     {Tears of wine}, drops which form and roll down a glass above the surface of strong wine. The phenomenon is due to the evaporation of alcohol from the surface layer, which, becoming more watery, increases in surface tension and creeps up the sides until its weight causes it to break. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Tear \Tear\ (t[^a]r), v. t. [imp. {Tore} (t[=o]r), ((Obs. {Tare}) (t[^a]r); p. p. {Torn} (t[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. {Tearing}.] [OE. teren, AS. teran; akin to OS. farterian to destroy, D. teren to consume, G. zerren to pull, to tear, zehren to consume, Icel. t>ae/ra, Goth. gata['i]ran to destroy, Lith. dirti to flay, Russ. drate to pull, to tear, Gr. de`rein to flay, Skr. dar to burst. [root]63. Cf. {Darn}, {Epidermis}, {Tarre}, {Tirade}.]
     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. [1913 Webster]

              Tear him to pieces; he's a conspirator. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. Hence, to divide by violent measures; to disrupt; to rend; as, a party or government torn by factions. [1913 Webster]

     3. To rend away; to force away; to remove by force; to sunder; as, a child torn from its home. [1913 Webster]

              The hand of fate
              Hath torn thee from me.               --Addison. [1913 Webster]

     4. To pull with violence; as, to tear the hair. [1913 Webster]

     5. To move violently; to agitate. "Once I loved torn ocean's roar." --Byron. [1913 Webster]

     {To tear a cat}, to rant violently; to rave; -- especially applied to theatrical ranting. [Obs.] --Shak.

     {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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Tear \Tear\, v. i.
     1. To divide or separate on being pulled; to be rent; as, this cloth tears easily. [1913 Webster]

     2. To move and act with turbulent violence; to rush with violence; hence, to rage; to rave. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Tear \Tear\, n.
     The act of tearing, or the state of being torn; a rent; a fissure. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     {Wear and tear}. See under {Wear}, n.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

370 Moby Thesaurus words for "tear":
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