• A regular waterfall of tears came gushing from her eyes, flooding all around her
    A regular waterfall of tears came gushing from her eyes, flooding all around her
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tearing marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid "fierce loyalty","in a tearing rage","vehement dislike","violent passions"
    • n tearing shedding tears
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A woman gazes at her reflection in a mirror while her children tear apart her house A woman gazes at her reflection in a mirror while her children tear apart her house

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The reason why your nose gets runny when you are crying is because the tears from the eyes drain into the nose
    • tearing Great; rushing; tremendous; towering; ranting: as, a tearing passion; at a tearing pace. Also used adverbially.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from producing tears
    • p.adj Tearing great, terrible, rushing
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  • Proverb
    “Wide will wear, but tight will tear.”
  • Samuel Beckett
    “The tears of the world are a constant quality. For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Oh! too convincing -- dangerously dear -- In woman's eye the unanswerable tear!”
  • Adrienne Rich
    “Only to have a grief equal to all these tears!”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “To me the meanest flower that blows can give thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.”


Blood, sweat and tears - If something will take blood, sweat and tears, it will be very difficult and will require a lot of effort and sacrifice.
Crocodile tears - If someone cries crocodile tears, they pretend to be upset or affected by something.
Tear your hair out - If someone is tearing their hair out, they are extremely worried or agitated about something.
Tears before bedtime - (UK) This idiom is used when something seems certain to go wrong or cause trouble.
Vale of tears - This vale of tears is the world and the suffering that life brings.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. teran; cf. Ger. zehren.


In literature:

The eyes unclose, and a tear falls upon the wan cheek, as a murmured, 'Thank you, my lady,' is faintly heard.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
He would tear me to pieces.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
She was vexed almost to tears.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
There were tears in her eyes as she looked at Martha, but they were no longer tears of anger.
"Joanna Godden" by Sheila Kaye-Smith
Her eyes were suddenly bright with frightened tears.
"The Vehement Flame" by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
I found Gladys in tears, but she made me understand with some difficulty that they were only tears of relief and joy.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
She ran to meet him with a glad cry, which filled his eyes with happy tears.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
Helen, too, shed tears, remembering things that had happened.
"The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tales of Troy" by Padriac Colum
Their souls are already tearing at each other's throats.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
When the sun went down the bad ones came home, and they wailed with false voices, and rubbed their eyes to make the tears come.
"Old Peter's Russian Tales" by Arthur Ransome

In poetry:

Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear;
The upward glancing of an eye,
When none but God is near.
"What Is Prayer?" by James Montgomery
Not one line of broken vows,
Sighs or hurtful tears unshed,
Faithless lips far better dead,
Nor a withered rose.
"Perle Des Jardins" by Madison Julius Cawein
Ah, dream that vanished long ago!
Oh, anguish of remembered tears!
And shadow of unlifted woe
Athwart the years!
"Tones" by Madison Julius Cawein
Lonesome tears sad and blue
I shed lonesome tears for you
Guess you know I know why
I cried when you said goodbye
"Lonesome Tears" by Buddy Holly
We bear thee, with a flood of tears,
Unto thy tomb;
There thou must sleep till rolling years
Have met their doom!
"Henry Clay" by Effie Afton
No longer may their hapless lot
The mournful muse engage,
She wipes away the tears that blot
The melancholy page.
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams

In news:

Mets' Chris Young re-tears anterior capsule in right shoulder.
The Mother of Tears (Unrated) Mitropoulos (98 min.
There's been some chatter on Twitter this evening about the tearing down of the NATO banner on the Michigan Avenue bridge.
I can always count on them to carry affordable, stylish shoes that I can wear and tear throughout the summer months.
Chattanooga Mocs' Hampton tears right ACL.
After crying enough tears to fill Puget Sound over losing the Seattle SuperSonics years ago, Seattle wants a new NBA team -- perhaps the Sacramento Kings -- to replace them.
Before we tear it down, we should consider what will be lost.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres rookie outfielder Kyle Blanks has a partial tear in his plantar fascia and will have his right foot placed in a cast.
Every week, TLC's Long Island Medium has its viewers in tears.
What's the Difference Between Sweat and Tears.
Maybe it was the time when Jim Abbott was 5 years old and came home from school, angry and tearful, and held up the steel hook a doctor had recommended he use for a right hand.
Tears flow from our soul bowl.
In the wake of Justin Bieber's break up with Selena Gomez, the Biebs allegedly teared up while singing an emotional love song in concert.
But he indicated that the MRI showed a tear and surgery will be needed.
The design battle that's tearing Apple and the tech world apart.

In science:

In the same way, the (butterfly) Lorenz attractor may be understood as a two-dimensional branched manifold, with a ‘tear point’ at the origin .
Direct transition to high-dimensional chaos through a global bifurcation
At increasing voltage, the coupling between the dot and the leads tears the phonon temperature away from the equilibrium temperature T .
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
Theory, Impedance Matching, Lines Coupling, Wire Tearing.
Virtual Transmission Method, A New Distributed Algorithm to Solve Sparse Linear System
Hence the current sheet dimensions, l/λ = 0.03, are compatible with a tearing mode instability.
Tests of Dynamical Flux Emergence as a Mechanism for CME Initiation
In both cases the current sheet undergoes reconnection, consistent with the tearing mode instability, creating plasmoids on either side of the apex which are expelled along the current sheet.
Tests of Dynamical Flux Emergence as a Mechanism for CME Initiation