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Definition of Tear


  1. A partially vitrified bit of clay in glass.
  2. A drop of the limpid, saline fluid secreted, normally in small amount, by the lachrymal gland, and diffused between the eye and the eyelids to moisten the parts and facilitate their motion. Ordinarily the secretion passes through the lachrymal duct into the nose, but when it is increased by emotion or other causes, it overflows the lids.
  3. Something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid matter; also, a solid, transparent, tear-shaped drop, as of some balsams or resins.
  4. That which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge.
  5. To separate by violence; to pull apart by force; to rend; to lacerate; as, to tear cloth; to tear a garment; to tear the skin or flesh.
  6. Hence, to divide by violent measures; to disrupt; to rend; as, a party or government torn by factions.
  7. To rend away; to force away; to remove by force; to sunder; as, a child torn from its home.
  8. To pull with violence; as, to tear the hair.
  9. To move violently; to agitate.
  10. To divide or separate on being pulled; to be rent; as, this cloth tears easily.
  11. To move and act with turbulent violence; to rush with violence; hence, to rage; to rave.
  12. The act of tearing, or the state of being torn; a rent; a fissure.

Tear Quotations

France is the country where the money falls apart and you can't tear the toilet paper.
Billy Wilder

The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in his own way. While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude.
Joseph B. Wirthlin

You should hurry up and acquire the cigar habit. It's one of the major happinesses. And so much more lasting than love, so much less costly in emotional wear and tear.
Aldous Huxley

Love is understood, in a historical way, as one of the great human vocations - but its counterspell has always been infidelity. This terrible, terrible betrayal that can tear apart not only another person, not only oneself, but whole families.
Junot Diaz

Trying to tear down the past prohibits you from building up your future.
Lil Wayne
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Tear Translations

tear in Afrikaans is traan
tear in Dutch is vaneenscheuren, doorscheuren
tear in Italian is crepatura, lacrima
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