Associations to the word «Tear»


TEAR, verb. (transitive) To rend (a solid material) by holding or restraining in two places and pulling apart, whether intentionally or not; to destroy or separate.
TEAR, verb. (transitive) To injure as if by pulling apart.
TEAR, verb. (transitive) To cause to lose some kind of unity or coherence.
TEAR, verb. (transitive) To make (an opening) with force or energy.
TEAR, verb. (transitive) (often with off or out) To remove by tearing.
TEAR, verb. (transitive) (of structures) (with down) To demolish
TEAR, verb. (intransitive) To become torn, especially accidentally.
TEAR, verb. (intransitive) To move or act with great speed, energy, or violence.
TEAR, verb. (intransitive) To smash or enter something with great force.
TEAR, noun. A hole or break caused by tearing.
TEAR, noun. A drop of clear, salty liquid produced from the eyes by crying or irritation.
TEAR, noun. Something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid matter; also, a solid, transparent, tear-shaped drop, as of some balsams or resins.
TEAR, noun. (glass manufacture) A partially vitrified bit of clay in glass.
TEAR, noun. That which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge.
TEAR, verb. (intransitive) To produce tears.
TEAR A CAT, verb. (obsolete) To rant violently; to rave.
TEAR A STRIP OFF SOMEONE, verb. (idiomatic) (Canada) To scold vigorously.
TEAR ALONG, verb. (transitive) To run quickly along somewhere.
TEAR ALONG, verb. (transitive) To break something into two pieces by separating at a line of perforations.
TEAR APART, verb. (transitive) Used other than as an idiom: see tear,‎ apart.
TEAR APART, verb. (transitive) to destroy
TEAR APART, verb. (idiomatic) (transitive) to cause to separate
TEAR APART, verb. (transitive) (figuratively) to severely defeat
TEAR AWAY, verb. (transitive) (idiomatic) To remove oneself reluctantly; often expressed in the negative
TEAR DOWN, verb. (transitive) To demolish
TEAR DUCT, noun. (anatomy) A duct that transports tears from the lacrimal sac to the nasal cavity
TEAR FLUID, noun. Lacrimal fluid
TEAR FLUIDS, noun. Plural of tear fluid
TEAR GAS, noun. Any lachrymatory non-lethal chemical compound that causes the eyes to sting and water and/or irritates the respiratory system, mostly used for controlling crowds during riots or as self-defense.
TEAR GAS, verb. To use tear gas.
TEAR GASES, noun. Plural of tear gas
TEAR GASES, verb. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of tear gas
TEAR GASSED, verb. Simple past tense and past participle of tear gas
TEAR GASSING, verb. Present participle of tear gas
TEAR GLAND, noun. Lacrimal gland
TEAR GLANDS, noun. Plural of tear gland
TEAR INTO, verb. To subject to a heavy attack, physical or figurative.
TEAR JERKER, noun. Alternative spelling of tearjerker
TEAR JERKERS, noun. Plural of tear jerker
TEAR OFF, verb. (transitive) To rip away from; to pull a piece from forcibly.
TEAR OFF, verb. (intransitive) To leave or depart rapidly.
TEAR ONE'S HAIR OUT, verb. (idiomatic) To react with extreme agitation.
TEAR SAC, noun. (anatomy) lacrimal sac
TEAR SACS, noun. Plural of tear sac
TEAR SHEET, noun. A page torn from a periodical.
TEAR TO PIECES, verb. To tear apart.
TEAR UP, verb. (transitive) To tear into pieces.
TEAR UP, verb. (transitive) (idiomatic) To damage.
TEAR UP, verb. (transitive) (idiomatic) To succeed dramatically in (an area of endeavor) or against.
TEAR UP, verb. (intransitive) To shed tears.
TEAR UP, verb. (transitive) To wrench out of the ground.
TEAR UP THE PEA PATCH, verb. (idiomatic) To put on a notable performance, especially in sports; to go on a rampage.

Dictionary definition

TEAR, noun. A drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands; "his story brought tears to her eyes".
TEAR, noun. An opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; "there was a rip in his pants"; "she had snags in her stockings".
TEAR, noun. An occasion for excessive eating or drinking; "they went on a bust that lasted three days".
TEAR, noun. The act of tearing; "he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear".
TEAR, verb. Separate or cause to separate abruptly; "The rope snapped"; "tear the paper".
TEAR, verb. To separate or be separated by force; "planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars".
TEAR, verb. Move quickly and violently; "The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office".
TEAR, verb. Strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon".
TEAR, verb. Fill with tears or shed tears; "Her eyes were tearing".

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