tare

1
[ tair ]
/ tɛər /

noun

any of various vetches, especially Vicia sativa.
the seed of a vetch.
Bible. a noxious weed, probably the darnel.

Origin of tare

1
1300–50; Middle English: vetch; akin to Dutch tarwe wheat

Definition for tare (2 of 5)

tare

2
[ tair ]
/ tɛər /

noun

the weight of the wrapping, receptacle, or conveyance containing goods.
a deduction from the gross weight to allow for this.
the weight of a vehicle without cargo, passengers, etc.
a counterweight used in chemical analysis to balance the weight of a container.
a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter T.

verb (used with object), tared, tar·ing.

to ascertain, note, or allow for the tare of.

Origin of tare

2
1480–90; < Middle French (equivalent to Medieval Latin, Italian, Provençal, Spanish, Portuguese tara, Spanish atara) ≪ Arabic ṭarḥah what one throws away, derivative of ṭaraḥa to throw away

Definition for tare (3 of 5)

tare

3
[ tair ]
/ tɛər /

verb Archaic.

simple past tense and past participle of tear2.

Definition for tare (4 of 5)

tear

1
[ teer ]
/ tɪər /

noun

a drop of the saline, watery fluid continually secreted by the lacrimal glands between the surface of the eye and the eyelid, serving to moisten and lubricate these parts and keep them clear of foreign particles.
this fluid appearing in or flowing from the eye as the result of emotion, especially grief: to shed tears.
something resembling or suggesting a tear, as a drop of a liquid or a tearlike mass of a solid substance, especially having a spherical or globular shape at one end and tapering to a point at the other: teardrop earrings.
Glassmaking. a decorative air bubble enclosed in a glass vessel; air bell.
tears, grief; sorrow.

verb (used without object)

to fill up and overflow with tears, as the eyes (often followed by up): My eyes were tearing in the wind. He teared up when he heard the news.

Origin of tear

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English teer, Old English tēar, tehher, taeher; cognate with Old High German zahar, Old Norse tār, Gothic tagr, Greek dákry, Latin lacrima (see lachrymal); (v.) Middle English teren, Old English teheran, in teherende (gerund), derivative of the noun

Definition for tare (5 of 5)

Origin of tear

2
before 900; Middle English teren (v.), Old English teran; cognate with Dutch teren, German zehren to consume, Gothic distairan to destroy, Greek dérein to flay

Related forms

tear·a·ble, adjectivetear·a·ble·ness, nountear·er, nounun·tear·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

1. Tear, rend, rip mean to pull apart. To tear is to split the fibers of something by pulling apart, usually so as to leave ragged or irregular edges: to tear open a letter. Rend implies force or violence in tearing apart or in pieces: to rend one's clothes in grief. Rip implies vigorous tearing asunder, especially along a seam or line: to rip the sleeves out of a coat.
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British Dictionary definitions for tare (1 of 4)

tare

1
/ (tɛə) /

noun

any of various vetch plants, such as Vicia hirsuta (hairy tare) of Eurasia and N Africa
the seed of any of these plants
Bible a troublesome weed, thought to be the darnel

Word Origin for tare

C14: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for tare (2 of 4)

tare

2
/ (tɛə) /

noun

the weight of the wrapping or container in which goods are packed
a deduction from gross weight to compensate for this
the weight of a vehicle without its cargo, passengers, etc
an empty container used as a counterbalance in determining net weight

verb

(tr) to weigh (a package, etc) in order to calculate the amount of tare

Word Origin for tare

C15: from Old French: waste, from Medieval Latin tara, from Arabic tarhah something discarded, from taraha to reject

British Dictionary definitions for tare (3 of 4)

tear

1
/ (tɪə) /

noun

a drop of the secretion of the lacrimal glandsSee tears
something shaped like a hanging dropa tear of amber
Also called (esp Brit): teardrop

Derived Forms

tearless, adjective

Word Origin for tear

Old English tēar, related to Old Frisian, Old Norse tār, Old High German zahar, Greek dakri

British Dictionary definitions for tare (4 of 4)

tear

2
/ (tɛə) /

verb tears, tearing, tore or torn

noun

Derived Forms

tearable, adjectivetearer, noun

Word Origin for tear

Old English teran; related to Old Saxon terian, Gothic gatairan to destroy, Old High German zeran to destroy
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Science definitions for tare

tear

[ tîr ]

A drop of the clear salty liquid secreted by glands (lacrimal glands) in the eyes. Tears wet the membrane covering the eye and help rid the eye of irritating substances.
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Idioms and Phrases with tare

tear


In addition to the idioms beginning with tear

  • tear apart
  • tear around
  • tear at
  • tear away
  • tear down
  • tear into
  • tear it
  • tear off
  • tear one's hair

also see:

  • rip (tear) into
  • wear and tear

Also see undertearstorn.

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