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Past participle of tear1.
1. the past participle of tear12
2. that's torn it slang Brit an unexpected event or circumstance has upset one's plans
3. split or cut
4. divided or undecided, as in preference: he was torn between staying and leaving.
1. a drop of the saline, watery fluid continually secreted by the lacrimal glands between the surface of the eye and the eyelid.
2. a drop of this fluid appearing in or flowing from the eye as the result of emotion, esp. grief.
3. something resembling a tear, as a drop of a liquid or a tearlike mass of a solid substance.
a. grief; sorrow.
b. an act of weeping: bored to tears.
5. (of the eyes) to fill up and overflow with tears.Idioms:
in tears, weeping.
[before 900; (n.) Middle English teer, Old English tēar, tæher]
v. tore, torn, tear•ing,
1. to pull apart or in pieces by force; rend.
2. to pull or snatch violently; wrench away with force: to tear a book from someone's hands.
3. to divide or disrupt: a country torn by civil war.
4. to produce by rending: to tear a hole in one's coat.
5. to wound or injure by or as if by rending; lacerate: grief that tears the heart.
6. to remove by force or effort (often fol. by away): It was such an exciting lecture, I couldn't tear myself away.v.i.
7. to become torn: The fabric tears easily.
8. to move or behave with force, violent haste, or energy: The wind tore through the trees; cars tearing up and down the highway.
9. tear at,
a. to pluck violently at.
b. to distress; afflict.
10. tear down,
a. to pull down; demolish.
b. to disparage or discredit.
11. tear into, to attack impulsively or viciously.
12. tear up,n.
a. to tear into small shreds.
b. to cancel or annul: to tear up a contract.
13. the act of tearing.
14. a rent or fissure.
15. a rage or passionate outburst.
16. Informal. a spree.Idioms:
tear it, Slang. to ruin all chances for a successful outcome.
[before 900; Middle English teren (v.), Old English teran, c. Old Frisian tera, Old Saxon terian, Old High German zeran, Greek dérein to flay]
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|Adj.||1.||torn - having edges that are jagged from injury|
injured - harmed; "injured soldiers"; "injured feelings"
|2.||torn - disrupted by the pull of contrary forces; "torn between love and hate"; "torn by conflicting loyalties"; "torn by religious dissensions"|
divided - separated into parts or pieces; "opinions are divided"