tear

  • 1 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 tear — tear1 [ter] vt. tore, torn, tearing [ME teren < OE teran, to rend, akin to Ger zehren, to destroy, consume < IE base * der , to skin, split > DRAB1, DERMA1] 1. to pull apart or separate into pieces by force; rip or rend (cloth, paper,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 tear — tear; tear·able; tear·age; tear·er; tear·ful; tear·i·ly; tear·less; tear·able·ness; tear·ful·ly; tear·ful·ness; tear·less·ly; tear·less·ness; …

    English syllables

  • 4 tear — Ⅰ. tear [1] ► VERB (past tore; past part. torn) 1) rip a hole or split in. 2) (usu. tear up) pull or rip apart or to pieces. 3) damage (a muscle or ligament) by overstretching it. 4) (usu …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 Tear — (t[=e]r), n. [AS. te[ a]r; akin to G. z[ a]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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 Tear — may refer to:*Tears, eye secretion *Tearing, breaking apart fibers by force *Robert Tear (born 1939), Welsh singerElements in fiction: *Tear, character Tear Grants in video game Tales of the Abyss *Tear (Wheel of Time), nation in series of… …

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  • 7 tear — vb Tear, rip, rend, split, cleave, rive can all mean to separate forcibly one part of a continuous material or substance from another, or one object from another with which it is closely and firmly associated. Tear implies pulling apart or away… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 tear — [n1] rip, cut breach, break, crack, damage, fissure, gash, hole, imperfection, laceration, mutilation, rent, run, rupture, scratch, split, tatter; concept 513 Ant. perfection tear / tears [n2] droplets from eyes, often caused by emotion… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 tear — index divide (separate), lancinate, mutilate, race, rend, separate, sever, split …

    Law dictionary

  • 12 tear — s. m. 1. Máquina para tecer. 2. Aparelho em que o encadernador cose os livros. 3. Conjunto das rodas de um relógio …

    Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • 13 tear — tear1 W3S3 [tıə US tır] n 1.) [C usually plural] a drop of salty liquid that comes out of your eye when you are crying ▪ The children were all in tears . ▪ She came home in floods of tears . ▪ I could see that Sam was close to tears . ▪ Bridget… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 tear — tear1 [ ter ] (past tense tore [ tɔr ] ; past participle torn [ tɔrn ] ) verb ** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to pull something so that it separates into pieces or gets a hole in it, or to become damaged in this way: RIP: It s made of very… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 tear — 1 noun 1 (C) a drop of salty liquid that flows from your eye when you are crying: Tears just rolled down his face. | tear stained cheeks | (be) in tears (=crying): My wife actually broke down in tears telling me. | burst into tears (=suddenly… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 tear — I UK [teə(r)] / US [ter] verb Word forms tear : present tense I/you/we/they tear he/she/it tears present participle tearing past tense tore UK [tɔː(r)] / US [tɔr] past participle torn UK [tɔː(r)n] / US [tɔrn] ** 1) a) [intransitive/transitive] to …

    English dictionary

  • 17 tear — tear1 /tear/, n. 1. a drop of the saline, watery fluid continually secreted by the lacrimal glands between the surface of the eye and the eyelid, serving to moisten and lubricate these parts and keep them clear of foreign particles. 2. this fluid …

    Universalium

  • 18 tear — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun from the eyes ADJECTIVE ▪ angry, bitter, emotional ▪ There were angry tears in Lily s eyes. ▪ happy ▪ burning, f …

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  • 19 tear — I CRYING ♦♦♦ tears (Pronounced [[t]tɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] in tear 1, and [[t]te͟ə(r)[/t]] in tear2.) 1) N COUNT: usu pl Tears are the drops of salty liquid that come out of your eyes when you are crying. Her eyes filled with tears... I just broke down and… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 tear — I /tiy(r)/ n. drop of the fluid secreted by the lacrimal gland 1) to shed a tear 2) to weep (bitter) tears 3) bitter tears 4) tears flowed, rolled, streamed down their cheeks 5) tears welled up in my eyes 6) (misc.) crocodile ( false ) tears; to… …

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