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Definition of 'tear'


  1. a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands; "his story brought tears to her eyes"
       Synonyms: teardrop
  2. an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; "there was a rip in his pants"; "she had snags in her stockings"
       Synonyms: rip rent snag split
  3. an occasion for excessive eating or drinking; "they went on a bust that lasted three days"
       Synonyms: bust binge bout
  4. the act of tearing; "he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear"


  1. separate or cause to separate abruptly; "The rope snapped"; "tear the paper"
       Synonyms: rupture snap bust
  2. to separate or be separated by force; "planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars"
  3. move quickly and violently; "The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office"
       Synonyms: shoot shoot down charge buck
  4. strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon"
       Synonyms: pluck pull deplume deplumate displume
  5. fill with tears or shed tears; "Her eyes were tearing"

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