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tear gas

[teer] /tɪər/
a gas that makes the eyes smart and water, thus producing a temporary blindness, used in modern warfare, to quell riots, etc.
Origin of tear gas


[teer-gas] /ˈtɪərˌgæs/
verb (used with object), tear-gassed, tear-gassing.
to subject to tear gas.
1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There was tear gas hanging about, too, and we all felt anything but cheerful.

  • They had flashlights and guns and tear gas, and their faces were grim and desperate.

    The Invaders Benjamin Ferris
  • In going through the village, our eyes commenced to be irritated by tear gas: the bombardment was infernal.

    A Blue Devil of France G. P. Capart
  • The tear gas which we prepared to manufacture was brombenzyl cyanide.

  • Calhoun was familiar enough with tear gas, used by police on some planets.

    This World Is Taboo Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for tear gas

tear gas

any one of a number of gases or vapours that make the eyes smart and water, causing temporary blindness; usually dispersed from grenades and used in warfare and to control riots Also called lacrimator
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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tear gas in Medicine

tear gas (tēr)
A gas that causes irritation of the eyes and profuse tearing.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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