[ US /ˈtɛɹ, ˈtɪɹ/ ]
  1. fill with tears or shed tears
    Her eyes were tearing
  2. separate or cause to separate abruptly
    tear the paper
    The rope snapped
  3. to separate or be separated by force
    planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars
  4. move quickly and violently
    The car tore down the street
    He came charging into my office
  5. strip of feathers
    pluck the capon
    pull a chicken
  1. a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands
    his story brought tears to her eyes
  2. the act of tearing
    he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear
  3. an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart
    she had snags in her stockings
    there was a rip in his pants
  4. an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
    they went on a bust that lasted three days
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How To Use tear In A Sentence

  • The protests were going on about 1 kilometers away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gass used among them, towards Salehi St. The film is shot by my friend who was standing beside me. Iran Election Live-Blogging (Saturday June 20 Part II)
  • They propagated political doctrines which promised to tear apart the fabric of British society.
  • We know now they were crocodile tears. The Sun
  • Looking through the casement was the visage of the mariner, no longer stern, but moved with unutterable emotion, and tears, yes, tears trickling down his weather-beaten cheeks. Edward Barnett; a Neglected Child of South Carolina, Who Rose to Be a Peer of Great Britain,—and the Stormy Life of His Grandfather, Captain Williams or, The Earle's Victims: with an Account of the Terrible End of the Proud Earl De Montford, the Lamen
  • Sjogren's syndrome "targets and destroys over time the exocrine glands responsible for tear production and saliva -- and is characterized by dryness of the mouth and eyes," said Dr. Michael Belmont, an associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology at NYU Langone Medical Center and medical director for Hospital for Joint Diseases. Why Sjogren's syndrome caused Williams to quit U.S. open
  • Often he found her quietly weeping, but they were never tears of accusation; only tears of regret.
  • Helmeted police fired dozens of rounds of tear gas and kicked and clubbed unarmed protesters — one of whom cowered on the ground, covering his face. Tunisian leader flees amid protests; PM takes over
  • If we don't save the rich people today they might be extinct tomorrow just like the dinosaurs. * shedding a fake tear for the plight of the rich* knixphan Says: Think Progress
  • It nearly brought a tear to my eye when I saw thousands of screaming fans watching a bunch of (and I use the term affectionately) nerds out there doing their thing. Sun Bloggers
  • Carol sprawls out on the bed as Simon tears off his cast triumphantly and sketches her, again and again.
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