tear gasses

tear gas

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

Origin:
1915–20

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tear-gas

[teer-gas]
verb (used with object), tear-gassed, tear-gassing.
to subject to tear gas.

Origin:
1945–50

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tear gas (tɪə)
 
n
Also called: lacrimator 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

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

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