(Tear"er) n. One who tears or rends anything; also, one who rages or raves with violence.
(Tear"-fall`ing) a. Shedding tears; tender. [Poetic] "Tear-falling pity." Shak.
(Tear"ful) a. Abounding with tears; weeping; shedding tears; as, tearful eyes. Tear"ful*ly, adv.
(Tear"less), a. Shedding no tears; free from tears; unfeeling. Tear"less*ly, adv. Tear"less*ness,
(Tear"pit`) n. (Anat.) A cavity or pouch beneath the lower eyelid of most deer and antelope; the
lachrymal sinus; larmier. It is capable of being opened at pleasure and secretes a waxy substance.
(Tear"-thumb`) n. (Bot.) A name given to several species of plants of the genus Polygonum,
having angular stems beset with minute reflexed prickles.
1. Wet with tears; tearful.
2. Consisting of tears, or drops like tears.
(Tea"-sau`cer) n. A small saucer in which a teacup is set.
(Tease) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Teased ; p. pr. & vb. n. Teasing.] [AS. tsan to pluck, tease; akin
to OD. teesen, MHG. zeisen, Dan. tæse, tæsse. &radic58. Cf. Touse.]
1. To comb or card, as wool or flax. "Teasing matted wool." Wordsworth.
2. To stratch, as cloth, for the purpose of raising a nap; teasel.
3. (Anat.) To tear or separate into minute shreds, as with needles or similar instruments.
4. To vex with importunity or impertinence; to harass, annoy, disturb, or irritate by petty requests, or by
jests and raillery; to plague. Cowper.
He . . . suffered them to tease him into acts directly opposed to his strongest inclinations.Macaulay.