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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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A drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands.

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Used as a noun, listen here, it means: A drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands. Used as a verb, listen here, it means: To pull apart or in pieces by force, especially so as to leave ragged or irregular edges.

Usage examples (30)
  • Emotional tears resolve ambiguity and add meaning to the neuromuscular instrument of facial expression, what we term the tear effect.
  • Chunks of his skin tear off with it and blood spatters out.
  • No tear is hidden in my eye to dim the brightness there –
  • Otherwise the Clintons will once again tear the Democratic Party apart. for more
Tutoring comment
  • ''tear" is a heteronym, which means you may find it with different pronunciations and different meanings.
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