1. A hole or break caused by tearing.
    A small tear is easy to mend, if it is on the seam.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A drop of clear, salty liquid produced from the eyes by crying or irritation.
  2. Something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid matter; also, a solid, transparent, tear-shaped drop, as of some balsams or resins.
  3. That which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge.


  1. To rend (a solid material) by holding or restraining in two places and pulling apart, whether intentionally or not; to destroy or separate.
  2. To injure as if by pulling apart.
  3. To cause to lose some kind of unity or coherence.
  4. To make (an opening) with force or energy.
  5. To remove by tearing.
  6. To demolish
  7. To become torn, especially accidentally.
  8. To move or act with great speed, energy, or violence.
  9. To smash or enter something with great force.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To produce tears.
    Her eyes began to tear in the harsh wind.

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