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

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • Disconcerted by the attack of tear-gas, the green men broke and fled.

    The Heads of Apex Francis Flagg
  • To add to the strangeness of the situation, there was a strong scent of tear-gas in the air, which made my eyes water.

    The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott
  • One afternoon on the Somme our battery received a severe strafe from 59's and tear-gas shells.

  • One of the novel shell the Germans used was known as the "tear-gas" shell.

    Inventions of the Great War A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • The "tear-gas" shell were marked with a "T" by the Germans and were known as "T-shell."

    Inventions of the Great War A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
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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