- 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.
tear definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- tearer noun
- 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: Middle 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
tear definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb tore tore , torn torn , tear·ing, tears verb, transitive
- To pull apart or into pieces by force; rend.
- To make (an opening) by ripping: tore a hole in my stocking.
- To lacerate (the skin, for example).
- To separate forcefully; wrench: tore the wrappings off the present.
- To divide or disrupt: was torn between opposing choices; a country that was torn by strife.
- To become torn.
- To move with heedless speed; rush headlong.
- The act of tearing.
- The result of tearing; a rip or rent.
- A great rush; a hurry.
- Slang A carousal; a spree.
Origin: Middle English teren, from Old English teran; see der- in Indo-European roots.
- tearˈer noun
- 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.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English tēar; see dakru- in Indo-European roots.
tear - Phrases/Idioms
- 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
tear (one's) hair
tear - Science Definition