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Tear

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun tear:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb tear:

rupturebuckbustplucksnaptearchargeshootpull

The word tear is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun tear

What does tear mean as a name of something?

Tear is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: tears

  1. a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands
    • example: his story brought tears to her eyes
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonym of tear: teardrop
    • more generic words: drib / driblet / drop = a small indefinite quantity
    • part of: lachrymal secretion / lacrimal secretion = saline fluid secreted by lacrimal glands
    • substance: water / H2O = 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
  2. an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart
  3. an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of tear: binge / bout / bust
    • more generic words: revel / revelry = unrestrained merrymaking
    • more specific word: piss-up = vulgar expression for a bout of heavy drinking
  4. the act of tearing
    • example: he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: separation = the act of dividing or disconnecting
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the noun tear

noun

  1. A hole or break caused by tearing.
  2. A drop of clear, salty liquid produced from the eyes by crying or irritation.

Definition of the verb tear

What does tear mean as a doing word?

Tear is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
toretorntearingtears

  1. separate or cause to separate abruptly
    • examples: tear the paper | They tear the sheets
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Tony broke the window
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Tony broke the piggy bank open
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] with [Instrument]Tony broke the piggy bank open with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]Tony broke the glass to pieces
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]Tony broke the glass to pieces with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Carol crushed the ice with a hammer | Tony broke the window with a hammer
      [Instrument - solid] [Verb] [Patient]The hammer broke the window | The hammer crushed the marble
      [Patient - solid] [Verb]The window broke
      [Patient - solid] [Verb] [Adverb]Copper rods bend easily | Cotton clothes dry easily | Crystal vases break easily | Idaho potatoes bake beautifully
      [Patient - solid] [Verb] to / into [Oblique, state]The glass broke into a thousand pieces

      Verbs of Change of State (with the same syntax): break, break apart, break down, break up, chip, cleave, crack, crash, crush, dissolve, fracture, fragment, rend, rip, rive, shatter, shred, sliver, smash, snap, splinter, split.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of tear: bust / rupture / snap
    • more generic words: disunite / divide / part / separate = force, take, or pull apart
    • more specific terms:
  2. to separate or be separated by force
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Tony broke the windowVerbs of Change of State: break, break apart, break down, break up, chip, cleave, crack, crash, crush, dissolve, fracture, fragment, rend, rip, rive, shatter, shred, sliver, smash, snap, splinter, split
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Tony broke the piggy bank open
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] with [Instrument]Tony broke the piggy bank open with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]Tony broke the glass to pieces
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]Tony broke the glass to pieces with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Carol crushed the ice with a hammer | Tony broke the window with a hammer
      [Instrument - solid] [Verb] [Patient]The hammer broke the window | The hammer crushed the marble
      [Patient - solid] [Verb]The window broke
      [Patient - solid] [Verb] [Adverb]Copper rods bend easily | Cotton clothes dry easily | Crystal vases break easily | Idaho potatoes bake beautifully
      [Patient - solid] [Verb] to / into [Oblique, state]The glass broke into a thousand pieces
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, plural] apartI broke the twig and the branch apartVerbs of Separating and Disassembling: blow, break, cut, draw, hack, hew, kick, knock, pry, pull, push, rip, roll, saw, shove, slip, snap, split, tug, yank
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient 1] off / off of / from [Patient 2]I broke the twig off the branch
      [Patient - solid, plural] [Verb] apartThe twig and the branch broke apart
      [Patient - solid, plural] [Verb] apart [Adverb]Those twigs and branches break apart easily
      [Patient 1 - solid] [Verb] off / off of / from [Patient 2]The twig broke off the branch
      [Patient 1 - solid] [Verb] off / off of / from [Patient 2] [Adverb]Twigs break off of those branches easily
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: disunite / divide / part / separate = force, take, or pull apart
    • more specific words: cleave / split / rive = separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
  3. move quickly and violently
  4. strip of feathers
  5. fill with tears or shed tears
    • example: Her eyes were tearing
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic words: cry / weep = shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain

Alternative definition of the verb tear

verb

  1. [transitive] To rend (a solid material) by holding or restraining in two places and pulling apart, whether intentionally or not; to destroy or separate.
  2. [transitive, with 'off' or 'out'] To remove by tearing.
  3. [transitive, of structures, with 'down'] to demolish
  4. [intransitive] To become torn, especially accidentally.
  5. [intransitive] To move at excessive speed.
  6. [intransitive] To produce tears

Specialised definition of the verb tear

Glossary of sports

to make a hole or a split in a tissue by pulling or stretching it too much (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Business

Tear is a record label.

Music

  1. Tear is a song by Lotion released as both a two-song single 7" and a four-song Compact Disc single in 1993 through Kokopop and re-released in 1996. The songs were recorded on January 3, 1993, at Noise in New Jersey.
  2. "TEAR" is a musical single of Kirito.
    • also known as TEAR (Type C), TEAR (Type D), TEAR (Type B)
    • released on (9 years ago)
  3. "Tear" is a musical album of Eason Chan Yik-Shun.
    • released on (18 years ago)
  4. "Tear" is a composition.
  5. "tear" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  6. "Tear" is a composition.
  7. "Tear" is a musical single of Blackbird Blackbird.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  8. "Tear" is a musical EP of Lotion.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  9. "Tear" is a composition.

Miscellanea

Tear: A tear is a type of scratch used by turntablists. It is made from moving the record on the turntable by hand.

Phrases with Tear

Phrases starting with the word Tear:

  1. tear up
  2. tear gas
  3. tear off
  4. tear out
  5. tear sac
  6. tear away
  7. tear down
  8. tear duct
  9. tear into
  10. tear along
  11. tear apart
  12. tear gland
  13. tear sheet
  14. Tear Gassed
  15. Tear-Gassed
  16. tear-jerker

Phrases ending with the word Tear:

  1. hot tear
  2. Shed a Tear

Other phrases containing the word Tear:

  1. to tear up
  2. to tear off

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Tear

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Google previewEye Floaters and Flashes: Causes and Treatments (2015)

by Manik Joshi

A retinal tear is a hole that forms in the outer part of the retina. A torn retina can lead to a retinal detachment.[10] If floaters decrease the vision in your eye, it is not normal. If floaters appear suddenly and are accompanied by light flashes or loss ...

Google previewHealing Mantras (2008)

Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing by Thom Ashley-Farrand

Tear is the beginning of knowledge." You may sense danger before you consciously apprehend it. A heightened nervousness or portentous ness signals the conscious mind that something is not right, that some threat is brewing or imminent.

Google previewPractical Musculoskeletal Ultrasound E-Book (2014)

by Eugene McNally

A partial thickness full-width tear is a complete rupture of one of the laminae. Tears of the tendon and the tendon insertion are treated surgically. Some tears of the musculotendinous junction are treated surgically and the remainder managed ...

Google previewSBA MCQs for the MRCS (2012)

by Sri G. Thrumurthy, Tania Samantha De Silva, Zia Moinuddin, Stuart Enoch

Answer: C In view of the patient's presentation, previously insignificant medical history and haemodynamically stable state, a Mallory–Weiss tear is the most likely diagnosis. Such tears occur near the gastrooesophageal junction after forceful ...

Google previewHow To Prevent ACL & MCL Tears And Injuries (2013)

by Jerry Mialback

An ACL tear is the most common serious injury of the knee, often caused by cutting and or pivoting in sports. A fully torn ACL requires surgery and approximately 6-9 months of strenuous rehabilitation before the athlete is capable of returning ...

Google previewRevision ACL Reconstruction (2013)

Indications and Technique by Robert G. Marx

tear is a devastating injury to an athlete and unfortunately is one of the more common knee injuries in athletes involved in rapid deceleration moves. An ACL deficient knee has a very high risk of instability , ...

Google previewThe Awakened Ones (2012)

Phenomenolgy of Visionary Experience by Gananath Obeyesekere

Thus, for Blake, a “tear is an intellectual thing” because it emerges from spirit or from love; hence one can be “drunk with intellectual vision.”61 While we all share the same essence and the same capacity for inspiration and vision, they are ...

Google previewThe Echoing Wood of Theodore Roethke (2015)

by Jenijoy Labelle

the ability to shed a sympathetic tear is the sign. 35 Karl Beckson and Arthur Ganz, A Reader's Guide to ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia-dictionary and Reference Handbook of the Ophthalmic Sciences (1903)

Designed to Give, in Complete and Accurate Statement, and in the Readiest Form for Popular Use, the Orthography, Pronunciation, Meaning and Etymology of All the Words and Terms Used in the Ophthalmic Sciences by Robert H. Knowles, Rollin Henry Knowles

[Greek, dakrnon = a tear + ad»n = a gland + cUgos = an ache or pain ] A sharp, cutting or lancinating pain, neuralgic in character, located in the lachrymal glands . Dacryadenitis (dae+y-ad-en-t'-tla). [Greek, dakruon — a tear -f- aden = gland -f- ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Eye (2010)

by Joseph Besharse, Reza Dana

standard diagnostic tests for dry eye, such as symptoms, tear breakup time, Schirmer test, fluorescein staining score, and...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

perforated eardrum A tear or erosion of the eardrum, ...

Google previewDurorp-English Dictionary (2013)

tear; torn especially a paper or leaf; scratch; scratched e.g. l. Bek kwen ongo or be chai bunkwet bumi. Tell yonr ...

Google previewDictionary of Optometry and Visual Science (2014)

by Michel Millodot

tear duct One of about a dozen ducts of the lacrimal gland. It originates in the orbital part ...

Google previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1885)

by Walter William Skeat

Tear (1), to rend. (E.) M. E. tercn. A. S. teran, pt. t. tar, pp. toren. + Goth. ga-tairan, to break, ...

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View more videos about Tear Up, Tear gas, tear off, Tear Away, tear down, tear gland, Tear It Up, Tear sheet, Shed a Tear, Wear and tear, and Crocodile Tear.

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Sign language

"Never Tear Us Apart" - INXS - Auslan (Australian Sign Language)

"Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS. Interpreted and performed by Jordan Thomas, Kevan Hendry, Tegan McMinigal, Jayde Wishart and Clare Housley. Created ...

Quotes about Tear

The stones tear like flesh, rather than breaking. Although what happens is violent, it is a violence that is in stone. A tear is more unnerving than a break. (Andy Goldsworthy)
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Scrabble value of T1E1A1R1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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