tear

Part of speech: verb

To pull apart, as cloth; rend; sunder; sever; lacerate.

Part of speech: verb

To make, as a hole, by rending.

Part of speech: verb

To part or separate on being pulled.

Part of speech: verb

To move or act with precipitate haste.

Part of speech: noun

A fissure made by tearing; a rent; an act of tearing.

Part of speech: noun

A drop of the saline liquid from the eye.

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Usage examples "tear":

  1. There was just a tear in the corner of Polly's eye, though Polly was very careful that he shouldn't see it. - "Ralph the Heir", Anthony Trollope.
  2. She remembered how, after they were engaged, he spent every moment he could tear himself away from his affairs at her side. - "The Man Who Rose Again", Joseph Hocking.
  3. I did not think he'd care so much, and I don't know what to do with the paper unless I tear it up. - "Miss McDonald", Mary J. Holmes.