|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 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.