tear (n.)

  1. a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands; his story brought tears to her eyes

    [ Syn: teardrop ]

  2. an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; there was a rip in his pants; she had snags in her stockings

    [ Syn: rip , rent , snag , split ]

  3. an occasion for excessive eating or drinking; they went on a bust that lasted three days

    [ Syn: bust , binge , bout ]

  4. the act of tearing; he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear'

    tear (v.)

  1. separate or cause to separate abruptly; The rope snapped; tear the paper

    [ Syn: rupture , snap , bust ]

  2. to separate or be separated by force; planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars'

  3. move quickly and violently; The car tore down the street; He came charging into my office

    [ Syn: shoot , shoot down , charge , buck ]

  4. strip of feathers; pull a chicken; pluck the capon

    [ Syn: pluck , pull , deplume , deplumate , displume ]

  5. fill with tears or shed tears; Her eyes were tearing'

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