n 1 a : a drop of clear saline fluid secreted by the lacrimal gland and diffused between the eye and eyelids to moisten the parts and facilitate their motion b tears pl : a secretion of profuse tears that overflow the eyelids and dampen the face 2 : a transparent drop of fluid or hardened fluid matter (as resin)
vi : to fill with tears : shed tears <irritation causing the eyes to >
, vt, tore , torn , tear*ing : to wound by or as if by pulling apart by force < the skin>
n : a wound made by tearing a bodily part <a muscle > <could not play because of a in his rotator cuff> .
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