1) phl a drop of the saline, watery fluid continually secreted by the lacrimal glands between the surface of the eye and the eyelid
2) phl a drop of this fluid appearing in or flowing from the eye as the result of emotion, esp. grief
3) something resembling a tear, as a drop of a liquid or a tearlike mass of a solid substance
4) tears
a) grief; sorrow
b) an act of weeping:
bored to tears[/ex]
5) (of the eyes) to fill up and overflow with tears
Etymology: bef. 900; (n.) ME teer, OE tēar, tæher II
[[t]tɛər[/t]] v. tore, torn, tear•ing, n.
1) to pull apart or in pieces by force; rend
2) to pull or snatch violently; wrench away with force:
to tear a book from someone's hands[/ex]
3) to divide or disrupt:
a country torn by civil war[/ex]
4) to produce by rending:
to tear a hole in one's coat[/ex]
5) to wound or injure by or as if by rending; lacerate:
grief that tears the heart[/ex]
6) to remove by force or effort (often fol. by away):
It was such an exciting lecture, I couldn't tear myself away[/ex]
7) to become torn:
The fabric tears easily[/ex]
8) cvb to move or behave with force, violent haste, or energy:
The wind tore through the trees; cars tearing up and down the highway[/ex]
9) phv tear at
a) to pluck violently at
b) to distress; afflict
10) phv tear down
a) to pull down; demolish
b) to disparage or discredit
11) phv tear into
to attack impulsively or viciously
12) phv tear up
a) to tear into small shreds
b) to cancel or annul:
to tear up a contract[/ex]
13) the act of tearing
14) a rent or fissure
15) a rage or passionate outburst
16) inf Informal. a spree
Etymology: bef. 900; ME teren (v.), OE teran, c. OFris tera, OSterian, OHG zeran, Gk dérein to flay tear′er, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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