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  Dictionary Definition of tear

tear [1]
noun
1. a drop of the limpid fluid secreted by the lachrymal gland, appearing in or flowing from the eye, chiefly as the result of emotion, especially of grief.
2. something resembling or suggesting a tear, as a drop of a liquid or a tear-like mass of a solid substance.
3. ( plural ) grief; sorrow.
-- phrase
4. in tears, weeping.
[ME tere, OE tear (c. Icel. tar ), Vernerian var. of teagor, c. Goth. tagr; akin to Greek dákry, Cornish dagr ]
-- tearless, adjective