- The definition of a tear is the result of something being pulled or ripped apart.
An example of tear is a separation in the seam of a dress.
- Tear is defined as a salty liquid produced by the eye gland used to lubricate the eyes, wash away irritants or express intense emotion.
An example of tear is what comes out of the eyes when someone is crying.
- Tear means to pull or force something up or apart or rip into two or more pieces.
- An example of tear is pulling pages out of a magazine.
- An example of tear is a pair of jeans being split in two.
A man tears some papers.
transitive verbtore, torn, tearing
- to pull apart or separate into pieces by force; rip or rend (cloth, paper, etc.)
- to make or cause by tearing or puncturing: to tear a hole in a dress
- to wound by tearing; lacerate: skin torn and bruised
- to force apart or divide into factions; disrupt; split: ranks torn by dissension
- to divide with doubt, uncertainty, etc.; agitate; torment: a mind torn between duty and desire
- to remove by or as by tearing, pulling, etc.: with up, out, away, off, etc.: to tear a plant up by its roots, to tear oneself away
Origin of tearMiddle English teren ; from Old English teran, to rend, akin to German zehren, to destroy, consume ; from Indo-European base an unverified form der-, to skin, split from source drab, derma
- to be torn
- to move violently or with speed; dash
- the act of tearing
- the result of a tearing; torn place; rent
- a rushing pace; great hurry
- wear and tear
- ☆ Slang a carousal; spree
- to wreck or demolish (a building, etc.)
- to dismantle or take apart: to tear down an engine
- to cause to disintegrate
- to controvert or disprove (an argument, etc.) point by point
- a drop of the salty fluid secreted by the lacrimal gland to lubricate the eyeball, kill bacteria, etc.: in humans, tears may flow for emotional reasons due to the tightening of muscles near the glands
- anything resembling this, as a drop of transparent gum; tearlike mass
- sorrow; grief
Origin of tearMiddle English tere ; from Old English tēar, teagor, akin to German zähre ; from Indo-European an unverified form daru, tear from source Old Latin dacrima (from source Classical Latin lacrima), Classical Greek dakryon
verbtore tore , torn torn , tear·ing, tears
- a. To pull apart or into pieces by force; rend.b. To cause to be pulled apart unintentionally, as by accident: tore my pants on the barbed wire.c. To lacerate (the skin, for example).
- To make (an opening) in something by pulling it apart or by accident: I tore a hole in my stocking.
- To separate forcefully; wrench: tore the pipe from the wall.
- To divide or disrupt: was torn between opposing choices; a country that was torn by strife.
- To become torn: The fabric does not tear easily.
- To move with heedless speed; rush headlong: tore off down the road; tore along the avenue.
- The act of tearing.
- The result of tearing; a rip or rent: The shirt has a small tear.
- A great rush; a hurry.
- Slang A carousal; a spree.
Origin of tearMiddle English teren, from Old English teran; see der- in Indo-European roots.
- a. A drop of the clear salty liquid that is secreted by the lachrymal gland of the eye to lubricate the surface between the eyeball and eyelid and to wash away irritants.b. tears A profusion of this liquid spilling from the eyes and wetting the cheeks, especially as an expression of emotion.c. tears The act of weeping: criticism that left me in tears.
- A drop of a liquid or hardened fluid.
intransitive verbteared, tear·ing, tears
Origin of tearMiddle English ter, from Old English tēar; see dakru- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present tears, present participle tearing, simple past tore, past participle torn)
- 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.
- To injure as if by pulling apart.
- He has a torn ligament.
- He tore some muscles in a weight-lifting accident.
- To cause to lose some kind of unity or coherence.
- He was torn by conflicting emotions.
- To make (an opening) with force or energy.
- A piece of debris tore a tiny straight channel through the satellite.
- His boss will tear him a new one when he finds out.
- The artillery tore a gap in the line.
- (often with off or out) To remove by tearing.
- Tear the coupon out of the newspaper.
- (of structures, with down) To demolish
- The slums were torn down to make way for the new development.
- (intransitive) To become torn, especially accidentally.
- My dress has torn.
- (intransitive) To move or act with great speed, energy, or violence.
- He went tearing down the hill at 90 miles per hour.
- The tornado lingered, tearing through town, leaving nothing upright.
- He tore into the backlog of complaints.
- (intransitive) To smash or enter something with great force.
- The chain shot tore into the approaching line of infantry.
From Middle English teren, from Old English teran (“to tear, lacerate”), from Proto-Germanic *teraną (“to tear, tear apart, rip”), from Proto-Indo-European *derǝ- (“to tear, tear apart”). Cognate with Scots tere, teir, tair (“to rend, lacerate, wound, rip, tear out”), Dutch teren (“to eliminate, efface, live, survive by consumption”), German zehren (“to consume, misuse”), German zerren (“to tug, rip, tear”), Danish tære (“to consume”), Swedish tära (“to fret, consume, deplete, use up”), Icelandic tæra (“to clear, corrode”). Outside Germanic, cognate to Ancient Greek δέρω (derō, “to skin”), Albanian ther (“to slay, skin, pierce”).
- 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 he was crying on.
- Something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid matter; also, a solid, transparent, tear-shaped drop, as of some balsams or resins.
- That which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge.
(third-person singular simple present tears, present participle tearing, simple past and past participle teared)
- (intransitive) To produce tears.
- Her eyes began to tear in the harsh wind.
From Middle English teer, ter, tere, tear, from Old English tēar, tǣr, tæhher, teagor, *teahor (“drop; tear; what is distilled from anything in drops, nectar”), from Proto-Germanic *tahrą (“tear”), from Proto-Indo-European *dáḱru- (“tears”). Cognates include Old Norse tár (Danish tåre and Norwegian tåre), Old High German zahar (German Zähre), Gothic (tagr).