Tear

Noun

  • A hole or break caused by tearing.

    "A small tear is easy to mend, if it is on the seam."

  • Something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid matter; also, a solid, transparent, tear-shaped drop, as of some balsams or resins.
  • A drop of clear, salty liquid produced from the eyes by crying or irritation.

    "Ryan wiped the tear from the paper he was crying on."

  • That which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge.
  • A drop of clear, salty liquid produced from the eyes by crying or irritation.

    "There were big tears rolling down Lisa's cheeks."

  • (glass manufacture) A partially vitrified bit of clay in glass.

Verb

  • (intransitive) To move or act with great speed, energy, or violence.

    "The tornado lingered, tearing through town, leaving nothing upright."

  • (transitive) To injure as if by pulling apart.

    "He has a torn ligament."

  • (intransitive) To produce tears.

    "Her eyes began to tear in the harsh wind."

  • (transitive) To make (an opening) with force or energy.

    "A piece of debris tore a tiny straight channel through the satellite."

  • (transitive, often with off or out) To remove by tearing.

    "Tear the coupon out of the newspaper."

  • (intransitive) To move or act with great speed, energy, or violence.

    "He went tearing down the hill at 90 miles per hour."

  • (intransitive) To smash or enter something with great force.

    "The chain shot tore into the approaching line of infantry."

  • (transitive) 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."

  • (transitive) To cause to lose some kind of unity or coherence.

    "He was torn by conflicting emotions."

  • (transitive) To make (an opening) with force or energy.

    "The artillery tore a gap in the line."

  • (intransitive) To become torn, especially accidentally.

    "My dress has torn."

  • (intransitive) To move or act with great speed, energy, or violence.

    "He tore into the backlog of complaints."

  • (transitive) To injure as if by pulling apart.

    "He tore some muscles in a weight-lifting accident."

  • (transitive) To make (an opening) with force or energy.

    "His boss will tear him a new one when he finds out."

  • (transitive, of structures, with down) To demolish

    "The slums were torn down to make way for the new development."

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