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Definition of "tear" []

  • To pull apart or into pieces by force; rend. (verb-transitive)
  • To make (an opening) by ripping: tore a hole in my stocking. (verb-transitive)
  • To lacerate (the skin, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To separate forcefully; wrench: tore the wrappings off the present. (verb-transitive)
  • To divide or disrupt: was torn between opposing choices; a country that was torn by strife. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tear" in a sentence
  • ""He had a name in the village for brutally misusing the ass; yet it is certain that he shed a tear, _and the tear_ made a clean mark down one cheek.""
  • "_tear_, the water of the eye, have the same letters, but may be distinguished thus, _tear, dare; tear, peer_."
  • "When deployed, a chemical in the device heats up to several hundred degrees, vaporizing a solvent that carries the dry chemical into the air the term "tear gas" is a misnomer-it is actually a fine acid powder aerosol, not a gas."