|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|1.||See tears a drop of the secretion of the lacrimal glands|
|2.||something shaped like a hanging drop: a tear of amber|
|[Old English tēar, related to Old Frisian, Old Norse tār, Old High German zahar, Greek dakri]|
|—vb (often foll by along) (when intr, |
|1.||to cause (material, paper, etc) to come apart or (of material, etc) to come apart; rip|
|2.||(tr) to make (a hole or split) in (something): to tear a hole in a dress|
|3.||to hurry or rush: to tear along the street|
|5.||to cause pain, distress, or anguish (to): it tore at my heartstrings to see the starving child|
|6.||informal tear one's hair to be angry, frustrated, very worried, etc|
|7.||a hole, cut, or split|
|8.||the act of tearing|
|9.||a great hurry; rush|
|10.||slang on a tear showing a sudden burst of energy|
|[Old English teran; related to Old Saxon terian, Gothic gatairan to destroy, Old High German zeran to destroy]|
|tear off (tɛə)|
|1.||(tr) to separate by tearing|
|2.||(intr, adverb) to rush away; hurry|
|3.||(tr, adverb) to produce in a hurry; do quickly and carelessly: to tear off a letter|
|4.||informal (Brit) tear someone off a strip to reprimand or rebuke someone forcibly|
|5.||(of paper, etc) produced in a roll or block and marked with perforations so that one section at a time can be torn off|
tear 1 (târ)
A rip or rent in a material or structure.
tear 2 (tēr)
A drop of the clear salty liquid that is secreted by the lacrimal gland of the eye to lubricate the surface between the eyeball and eyelid and to wash away irritants.
|tear (tîr) Pronunciation Key
A drop of the clear salty liquid secreted by glands (lacrimal glands) in the eyes. Tears wet the membrane covering the eye and help rid the eye of irritating substances.
tear off definition
Produce hurriedly and casually, as in He tore off a poem a day for an entire month.
Leave in a hurry, as in She tore off to the store because it was about to close. [c. 1900]