Tear v. t. [imp. Tore ((Obs. Tare) p. p. Torn p. pr. & vb. n. Tearing.]
1. To separate by violence; to pull apart by force; to rend; to lacerate; as, to tear cloth; to tear a garment; to tear the skin or flesh.
Tear him to pieces; he's a conspirator. --Shak.
2. Hence, to divide by violent measures; to disrupt; to rend; as, a party or government torn by factions.
3. To rend away; to force away; to remove by force; to sunder; as, a child torn from its home.
The hand of fate
Hath torn thee from me. --Addison.
4. To pull with violence; as, to tear the hair.
5. To move violently; to agitate. “Once I loved torn ocean's roar.”
To tear a cat, to rant violently; to rave; -- especially applied to theatrical ranting. [Obs.] --Shak.
To tear down, to demolish violently; to pull or pluck down.
To tear off, to pull off by violence; to strip.
To tear out, to pull or draw out by violence; as, to tear out the eyes.
To tear up, to rip up; to remove from a fixed state by violence; as, to tear up a floor; to tear up the foundation of government or order.
Torn p. p. of Tear.
n 1: a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the
lacrimal glands; "his story brought tears to her eyes"
2: an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; "there was a
rip in his pants"; "she had snags in her stockings" [syn:
rip, rent, snag, split]
3: an occasion for excessive eating or drinking; "they went on
a bust that lasted three days" [syn: bust, binge, bout]
4: the act of tearing; "he took the manuscript in both hands
and gave it a mighty tear"
v 1: separate or cause to separate abruptly; "The rope snapped";
"tear the paper" [syn: rupture, snap, bust]
2: to separate or be separated by force; "planks were in danger
of being torn from the crossbars"
3: move quickly and violently; "The car tore down the street";
"He came charging into my office" [syn: shoot, shoot
down, charge, buck]
4: strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon" [syn:
pluck, pull, deplume, deplumate, displume]
5: fill with tears or shed tears; "Her eyes were tearing"
[also: torn, tore]
adj 1: having edges that are jagged from injury [syn: lacerate, lacerated,
2: disrupted by the pull of contrary forces; "torn between love
and hate"; "torn by conflicting loyalties"; "torn by