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Definition 1: the act of tearing - [noun denoting act]

Samples where tear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear

(tear is a kind of ...) the act of dividing or disconnecting

(... is a kind of tear ) the act of lacerating

(... is a kind of tear ) the act of rending or ripping or splitting something

"he gave the envelope a vigorous rip"

Definition 2: an occasion for excessive eating or drinking - [noun denoting act]

Samples where tear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they went on a bust that lasted three days

Synonyms for tear in the sense of this definition

(tear is a kind of ...) unrestrained merrymaking

(... is a kind of tear ) vulgar expression for a bout of heavy drinking

Definition 3: a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands - [noun denoting body]

Samples where tear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his story brought tears to her eyes

Synonyms for tear in the sense of this definition

(tear is a kind of ...) a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid)

"he had a drop too much to drink" "a drop of each sample was analyzed" "there is not a drop of pity in that man" "years afterward, they would pay the blood-money, driblet by driblet"

(... is part of tear) saline fluid secreted by lacrimal glands; lubricates the surface of the eyeball

(tear is made of the substance ...) binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent

Definition 4: an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart - [noun denoting object]

Samples where tear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there was a rip in his pants
  • she had snags in her stockings

Synonyms for tear in the sense of this definition

(tear is a kind of ...) an open or empty space in or between things

"there was a small opening between the trees" "the explosion made a gap in the wall"

Definition 5: fill with tears or shed tears - [verb of body]

Samples where tear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her eyes were tearing

(tear is a kind of ...) shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain

"She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death" "The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs"

Definition 6: separate or cause to separate abruptly - [verb of contact]

Samples where tear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The rope snapped
  • tear the paper

Synonyms for tear in the sense of this definition

(tear is a kind of ...) force, take, or pull apart

"He separated the fighting children" "Moses parted the Red Sea"

(... is a kind of tear ) cut or tear irregularly

(... is a kind of tear ) tear or be torn violently

"The curtain ripped from top to bottom" "pull the cooked chicken into strips"

(... is a kind of tear ) tear into shreds

Definition 7: to separate or be separated by force - [verb of contact]

Samples where tear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars

(tear is a kind of ...) force, take, or pull apart

"He separated the fighting children" "Moses parted the Red Sea"

(... is a kind of tear ) separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument

"cleave the bone"

Definition 8: strip of feathers - [verb of contact]

Samples where tear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pull a chicken
  • pluck the capon

Synonyms for tear in the sense of this definition

(tear is a kind of ...) remove the surface from

"strip wood"

Definition 9: move quickly and violently - [verb of motion]

Samples where tear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The car tore down the street
  • He came charging into my office

Synonyms for tear in the sense of this definition

(tear is a kind of ...) move hurridly

"He rushed down the hall to receive his guests" "The cars raced down the street"

(... is a kind of tear ) move precipitously or violently

"The tornado ripped along the coast"

(tear has a similar meaning as ...) run or move very quickly or hastily

"She dashed into the yard"

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