(noun, verb)


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

- his story brought tears to her eyes

Similar word(s): teardrop

Definition categories: body, drib, driblet, drop

2. an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart

Similar word(s): rent, rip, snag, split

Definition categories: object, gap, opening

3. an occasion for excessive eating or drinking

Similar word(s): binge, bout, bust

Definition categories: act, revel, revelry

4. the act of tearing

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

Definition categories: act, separation

Sentences with tear as a noun:

- A small tear is easy to mend, if it is on the seam.

- There were big tears rolling down Lisa's cheeks.

- Ryan wiped the tear from the paper he was crying on.


1. separate or cause to separate abruptly

- tear the paper

Similar word(s): bust, rupture, snap

Definition categories: contact, disunite, divide, part, separate

2. to separate or be separated by force

Definition categories: contact, disunite, divide, part, separate

3. move quickly and violently

Similar word(s): buck, charge, shoot

Definition categories: motion, hasten, hie, hotfoot, race, rush, speed

4. strip of feathers

Similar word(s): deplumate, deplume, displume, pluck, pull

Definition categories: contact, strip

5. fill with tears or shed tears

- Her eyes were tearing

Definition categories: body, cry, weep

Sentences with tear as a verb:

- His boss will tear him a new one when he finds out.

- Tear the coupon out of the newspaper.

- He went tearing down the hill at 90 miles per hour.

- The tornado lingered, tearing through town, leaving nothing upright.

- Her eyes began to tear in the harsh wind.