tear meaning

EN[tɛə] [tɛɚ] [tɪə] [tɪɚ]
US, verb US, noun
  • Tear may refer to:
  • Tears, a watery secretion from the eyes
  • Tearing, the act of ripping fabric or other materials
  • Tear (scratch), a type of scratch used by turntablists
A girl producing tears
A girl producing tears

    Definition of tear in English Dictionary

  • NounPLtears
    1. A hole or break caused by tearing.
      1. A small tear is easy to mend, if it is on the seam.
    2. A drop of clear, salty liquid produced from the eyes by crying or irritation.
      1. ‘[…] I remember a lady coming to inspect St. Mary's Home where I was brought up and seeing us all in our lovely Elizabethan uniforms we were so proud of, and bursting into tears all over us because “it was wicked to dress us like charity children”. […]’.
    3. Something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid matter; also, a solid, transparent, tear-shaped drop, as of some balsams or resins.
      1. (glass manufacture) A partially vitrified bit of clay in glass.
        1. That which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge.
        2. VerbSGtearsPRtearingPT, PPtearedPTtorePPtorn
          1. VT To rend (a solid material) by holding or restraining in two places and pulling apart, whether intentionally or not; to destroy or separate.
            1. VT To injure as if by pulling apart.
              1. He has a torn ligament. ‎
              2. He tore some muscles in a weight-lifting accident. ‎
            2. VT To cause to lose some kind of unity or coherence.
              1. Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting 'em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season.
            3. VT To make (an opening) with force or energy.
              1. A piece of debris tore a tiny straight channel through the satellite. ‎
              2. His boss will tear him a new one when he finds out. ‎
              3. The artillery tore a gap in the line. ‎
            4. VT (often with off or out) To remove by tearing.
              1. Tear the coupon out of the newspaper. ‎
            5. VT (of structures, with down) To demolish.
              1. The slums were torn down to make way for the new development. ‎
            6. VI To become torn, especially accidentally.
              1. My dress has torn. ‎
            7. VI To move or act with great speed, energy, or violence.
              1. He went tearing down the hill at 90 miles per hour. ‎
              2. The tornado lingered, tearing through town, leaving nothing upright. ‎
              3. He tore into the backlog of complaints. ‎
            8. VI To smash or enter something with great force.
              1. The chain shot tore into the approaching line of infantry. ‎
            9. VI To produce tears.
              1. Her eyes began to tear in the harsh wind.
          2. More Examples
            1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
              • He went tearing down the hill at 90 miles per hour. ‎
              • The student tore up his test after he found out his mark of 20%.
              • Originally she had come to me, possessed but of one gown, and that a forlorn and ragged balzarine, with four draggled, torn flounces.
            2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
              • The lecture's ending had the entire audience in tears.
              • The poem uses the metaphor of putting his “heart on a fork,” and anticipates that the process necessarily leads to broken-heartedness and tears.
              • The other children constantly antagonized Joe to the point of tears.
          • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
            1. Nouns
              • Countable nouns
              • Verbs
                • Ergative verbs
                  • Intransitive verbs
                    • Transitive verbs
                      • Verbs by inflection type
                        • Irregular verbs
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                    4. en teardrop
                    5. en teary
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                    Meaning of tear for the defined word.

                    Grammatically, this word "tear" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, an ergative verb, an intransitive verb, a transitive verb and a verbs by inflection type.
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