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English noun: tear

1. tear (body) a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands


SamplesHis story brought tears to her eyes.


Synonymsteardrop


Broader (hypernym)drib, driblet, drop


Part meronymlachrymal secretion, lacrimal secretion


Substance holonymH2O, water

2. tear (object) an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart


SamplesThere was a rip in his pants.
She had snags in her stockings.


Synonymsrent, rip, snag, split


Broader (hypernym)gap, opening

3. tear (act) an occasion for excessive eating or drinking


SamplesThey went on a bust that lasted three days.


Synonymsbinge, bout, bust


Broader (hypernym)revel, revelry


Narrower (hyponym)piss-up

4. tear (act) the act of tearing


SamplesHe took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear.


Broader (hypernym)separation


Narrower (hyponym)laceration, rent, rip, split


English verb: tear

1. tear (contact) separate or cause to separate abruptly


SamplesThe rope snapped.
Tear the paper.


ExamplesThey tear the sheets


Synonymsbust, rupture, snap


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disunite, divide, part, separate


Narrower (hyponym)lacerate, pull, rend, rip, rip up, rive, shred, tear up

2. tear (contact) to separate or be separated by force


SamplesPlanks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disunite, divide, part, separate


Narrower (hyponym)cleave, rive, split

3. tear (motion) move quickly and violently


SamplesThe car tore down the street.
He came charging into my office.


Synonymsbuck, charge, shoot, shoot down


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed, step on it


Narrower (hyponym)rip


Verb groupdart, dash, flash, scoot, scud, shoot

4. tear (contact) strip of feathers


SamplesPull a chicken.
Pluck the capon.


Synonymsdeplumate, deplume, displume, pluck, pull


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)strip

5. tear (body) fill with tears or shed tears


SamplesHer eyes were tearing.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)cry, weep









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