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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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Examples from the web for tear gas
  • Other reports stated that the police used rubber bullets and tear gas while arresting demonstrators.
  • Sometimes the fans go overboard to the point where the police guarding the field fire tear gas the crowd to calm them down.
  • The police were equipped with flak jackets, tear gas launchers shotguns, and telescopic rifles.
  • The rest faded away into the night, many of them weeping, and not because of the tear gas.
  • The police then used tear gas and what the protesters took to be rubber bullets against them.
  • We'll be here until the rubber bullets and tear gas.
  • Police responded with tear gas and armored vehicles.
  • He immediately notified police, who moved in a swat team and lobbed tear gas into the houseboat.
  • What they're doing on these crowded, small streets is throwing tear gas into people's homes.
  • When he turned to leave, he was blocked by a line of police, who began spraying the crowd with tear gas and water cannons.
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
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tear gas in Medicine

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

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