• 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
    • n tears the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds) "I hate to hear the crying of a child","she was in tears"
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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


  • Ludwig Van Beethoven
    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    “Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.”
  • C. S. Robinson
    C. S. Robinson
    “There are times when God asks nothing of his children except silence, patience and tears.”
  • St. Teresa of Avila
    “Answered prayers cause more tears than those that remain unanswered.”
  • St. Teresa of Avila
    “There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.”
  • Ralph Ransom
    Ralph Ransom
    “Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.”
  • Horace
    “Tear thyself from delay.”


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.


In literature:

He was tearing two of then: from a last embrace.
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
His mother had recourse to tears, a few little tears which came with difficulty, and which were quickly dried.
"Doctor Pascal" by Emile Zola
Once or twice as Miss Mallory talked the little widow's eyes filled with tears again unseen.
"The Testing of Diana Mallory" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He had mechanically plucked a flower from a vase, and was tearing it to pieces with his teeth.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
The man's face was curiously softened; he looked as if he desired to dry those tears himself.
"Rosa Mundi and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
The thistles tear everything.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
Do not the tears of the Christian home reflect the tears of Jesus?
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
Sim's eyes opened; there was a watery humor in them which was not tears.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
I'd like to tear thicky damned fur off you, for I lay it comed from him.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
I was very much frightened and amazed, and felt on the point of bursting into tears.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu

In poetry:

This burning cannot quenched be,
No, not with tears of blood;
No mournful groans in misery
Will here do any good.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
Art thou a child of tears,
Cradled in care and woe?
And seems it hard, thy vernal years
Few vernal joys can show?
"The Circumcision Of Christ" by John Keble
He filled his cup celestial
Full of thy tears and pain,
And tremblingly, yet freely,
He dared the dregs to drain.
"Weep Not" by Leo Alishan
So; 'tis finished! It is well!
Go, thou rose! I have no tear,
Kiss, or word for thee to bear,
And no woe to tell.
"Perle Des Jardins" by Madison Julius Cawein
Though seen in shadows oft,
And veil'd with many a tear,
My path will still be bright,
If love and peace be there.
"Moonlight" by Caroline Fry
Then will he so begin to tear
Thy body from thy soul,
And both from life, if now thy care
Be not on grace to roll.
"Of Death" by John Bunyan

In news:

Dickey reveals abdomen tear after being denied 21st victory in 4-3 loss to Marlins in 11 innings.
Dickey pitched with abdominal tear since April.
Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman shelved with abdominal tear.
MILAN (AP) — David Beckham will miss the World Cup and most if not all the Los Angeles Galaxy season after tearing his left Achilles' tendon Sunday while playing for AC Milan.
Bojay tackles career-high, sheds no tears afterwards .
Friends and family welcomed home 53 members of the 94th Airlift Wing Friday just before lunch with big smiles, lots of hugs and kisses and quite a few tears.
Make college life a point of pride ( albeit with some tears).
Get your kleenex….for the good tears.
Weis Markets, owner of the property, started tearing down the building Thursday to make way for an employee parking lot.
Mets' Tim Byrdak has anterior capsule tear in left shoulder.
Mets' Tim Byrdak has anterior capsule tear.
Tear It Up Delta Spirit Listen Live.
Twenty years ago, Shane Woodson was an usher at Village 8 Theatres, where he spent much of his time tearing tickets.
Perfect tubes tear through the Gold Coast more.
They were tears of relief and joy mixed with just a few sad tears, I'm sure.

In science:

However, such instabilities, i.e. the tearing mode instability, do not allow us to evade the constraints on the global plasma flow that lead to slow reconnection speeds, a point which has been demonstrated numerically () and analytically (Lazarian & Vishniac 1999, hereafter LV99).
Physics of Gamma-Ray Bursts: Turbulence, Energy Transfer and Reconnection
Likewise, sheet currents, like those in the equatorial plane, are sub ject to tearing mode instability.
The Phenomena of High Energy Astrophysics
If the grains are sufficiently weak, the electrostatic stresses on the grain might conceivably tear it apart.
Astrophysics of Dust in Cold Clouds
Bayesian statistics without tears: A sampling-resampling perspective.
Bayesian inference on compact binary inspiral gravitational radiation signals in interferometric data
Other times, coronal hard X-ray blobs bubble out above the flare loops, suggesting a vertical current sheet that undergoes tearing-mode instability and produces magnetic islands this way (Sui et al. 2005).
Astrophysics in 2006