verb (used with object), tore or (Archaic) tare, torn or (Archaic) tare, tearing.
to pull apart or in pieces by force, especially so as to leave ragged or irregular edges.
Synonyms: rend, rip, rive.
Antonyms: mend, repair, sew.
to pull or snatch violently; wrench away with force:
to tear wrappings from a package; to tear a book from someone’s hands.
to distress greatly:
anguish that tears the heart.
Synonyms: break, crack, shatter, afflict.
to divide or disrupt:
a country torn by civil war.
Synonyms: disunite, split, splinter.
Antonyms: unite, reunite, join, bind.
to wound or injure by or as if by rending; lacerate.
Synonyms: cut, mangle, slash.
to produce or effect by rending:
to tear a hole in one’s coat.
to remove by force or effort:
to be unable to tear oneself from a place.
verb (used without object), tore or (Archaic) tare, torn or (Archaic) tare, tearing.
to become torn.
to make a tear or rent.
to move or behave with force, violent haste, or energy:
The wind tore through the trees; cars tearing up and down the highway; I was tearing around all afternoon trying to find sandals for the beach.
the act of tearing.
a rent or fissure.
Synonyms: rip, rift, rupture.
a rage or passion; violent flurry or outburst.
Informal. a spree.
to pluck violently at; attempt to tear:
She tore at the bandages until they loosened.
to distress; afflict:
remorse that tears at one’s soul.
to pull down; destroy; demolish.
to disparage or discredit:
to tear down one’s friends behind their backs.
tear into, Informal.
to attack impulsively and heedlessly:
He tore into the food with a will.
to attack verbally:
She tore into him for being late for dinner.
tear off, Slang. to perform or do, especially rapidly or casually:
to tear off a poem; to tear off a set of tennis.
to tear into small shreds:
He tore up the drawings because she had criticized them.
Synonyms: rip up.
to cancel or annul:
to tear up a contract.
tear it, Slang. to ruin all hope; spoil everything.
tear one’s hair, to manifest extreme anxiety, grief, anger, or frustration:
I’m so upset, I could just tear my hair out.
Also, tear one’s hair out.
a drop of the secretion of the lacrimal glands See tears
something shaped like a hanging drop: a tear of amber
verb tears, tearing, tore, torn
to cause (material, paper, etc) to come apart or (of material, etc) to come apart; rip
(transitive) to make (a hole or split) in (something): to tear a hole in a dress
(intransitive) often foll by along. to hurry or rush: to tear along the street
(transitive; usually foll by away or from) to remove or take by force
when intr, often foll by at. to cause pain, distress, or anguish (to): it tore at my heartstrings to see the starving child
(informal) tear one’s hair, to be angry, frustrated, very worried, etc
a hole, cut, or split
the act of tearing
a great hurry; rush
(slang) on a tear, showing a sudden burst of energy
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.
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.
adjective 1. full of tears; weeping. 2. causing tears: the tearful story of his poverty. adjective 1. about to cry 2. accompanying or indicative of weeping: a tearful expression 3. tending to produce tears; sad
verb (used with object), tear-gassed, tear-gassing. 1. to subject to tear gas. noun 1. a gas that makes the eyes smart and water, thus producing a temporary blindness, used in modern warfare, to quell riots, etc. noun 1. any one of a number of gases or vapours that make the eyes smart and water, causing […]
noun 1. any of the numerous fine, usually cylindrical, keratinous filaments growing from the skin of humans and animals; a pilus. 2. an aggregate of such filaments, as that covering the human head or forming the coat of most mammals. 3. a similar fine, filamentous outgrowth from the body of insects, spiders, etc. 4. Botany. […]
adjective 1. shedding tears. adjective 1. violent or hasty: with tearing speed. noun 1. a drop of the saline, watery fluid continually secreted by the lacrimal glands between the surface of the eye and the eyelid, serving to moisten and lubricate these parts and keep them clear of foreign particles. Synonyms: teardrop. 2. this fluid […]