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A track or mark left by tears.

tear′-stained′ adj.
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streaked with tears
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marked or wet with tears.
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[ˈtɪəsteɪnd] ADJmanchado de lágrimas
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adj face, personverweint, verheult (pej inf), → tränenverschmiert; pillow, handkerchiefnass geweint
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[ˈtɪəˌsteɪnd] adjrigato/a di lacrime
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(tiə) noun
a drop of liquid coming from the eye, as a result of emotion (especially sadness) or because something (eg smoke) has irritated it. tears of joy/laughter/rage.
ˈtearful adjective
1. inclined to cry or weep; with much crying or weeping. She was very tearful; a tearful farewell.
2. covered with tears. tearful faces.
ˈtearfully adverb
ˈtearfulness noun
tear gas
a kind of gas causing blinding tears, used against eg rioters.
ˈtear-stained adjective
marked with tears. a tear-stained face.
in tears
crying or weeping. She was in tears over the broken doll.
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References in classic literature ?
Pierre saw the distracted count, and Sonya, who had a tear-stained face, but he could not see Natasha.
It was only when the same evening he came to their house before the theater, went into her room and saw her tear-stained, pitiful, sweet face, miserable with suffering he had caused and nothing could undo, he felt the abyss that separated his shameful past from her dovelike purity, and was appalled at what he had done.
Uncle Jerry had never before said so many words at a time, but he had caught sight of the child's red eyes and tear-stained cheeks, and his big heart went out to her in her trouble, quite regardless of any circumstances that might have caused it.
He had only an imperfect recollection of an ill-clad, untidy-looking child, with pale tear-stained cheeks, and dark unhappy eyes.
"Yes, there IS need!" The child raised her head quickly, revealing a tear-stained face and trembling lips.
He wished to take her in his arms and cover her tear-stained face with kisses.
Then Night, like some great loving mother, gently lays her hand upon our fevered head, and turns our little tear-stained faces up to hers, and smiles; and, though she does not speak, we know what she would say, and lay our hot flushed cheek against her bosom, and the pain is gone.
"Do you mean that we are going to die too?" asked the child, checking her sobs, and raising her tear-stained face.
And again she wrung her hands and turned her tear-stained flower- crowned face to Heaven, looking so lovely in her despair--for she was indeed a beautiful woman--that assuredly the sight of her would have melted the hearts of any less cruel than were the three fiends before us.
She abruptly removed her hands, showing a wrathful and tear-stained face.
Dorian Gray lifted his golden head from the pillow, and with pallid face and tear-stained eyes, looked at him as he walked over to the deal painting-table that was set beneath the high curtained window.
And now I pass on to another thread which I have extricated out of the tangled skein, the mystery of the sobs in the night, of the tear-stained face of Mrs.