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Dictionary definition for: Tear

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

2. (v) separate or cause to separate abruptly; "The rope snapped" "tear the paper"

3. (n) an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; "there was a rip in his pants" "she had snags in her stockings"

4. (v) to separate or be separated by force; "planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars"

5. (n) an occasion for excessive eating or drinking; "they went on a bust that lasted three days"

6. (v) move quickly and violently; "The car tore down the street" "He came charging into my office"

7. (n) the act of tearing; "he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear"

8. (v) strip of feathers; "pull a chicken" "pluck the capon"

9. (v) fill with tears or shed tears; "Her eyes were tearing"

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