Tear means to pull or force something up or apart or rip into two or more pieces.(verb)
The definition of a tear is the result of something being pulled or ripped apart.(noun)
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.(noun)
An example of tear is what comes out of the eyes when someone is crying.
See tear in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME teren < OE teran, to rend, akin to Ger zehren, to destroy, consume < IE base *der-, to skin, split > drab, derma
Origin: ME tere < OE tēar, teagor, akin to Ger zähre < IE *daru, tear > OL dacrima (> L lacrima), Gr dakryon
See tear in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb tore tore (tôr, tōr), torn torn (tôrn, tōrn), tear·ing, tears verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English teren
Origin: , from Old English teran; see der- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English tēar; see dakru- in Indo-European roots.
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