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tearing

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[ teer-ing ]
/ ˈtɪər ɪŋ /
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adjective
shedding tears.
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Origin of tearing

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before 1000; Old English tæherende (not recorded in ME); see tear1, -ing2

Other definitions for tearing (2 of 2)

tearing2
[ tair-ing ]
/ ˈtɛər ɪŋ /

adjective
violent or hasty: with tearing speed.

Origin of tearing

2
First recorded in 1600–10; tear2 + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM tearing

tear·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for tearing

tearing
/ (ˈtɛərɪŋ) /

adjective
violent or furious (esp in the phrase tearing hurry or rush)
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Medical definitions for tearing

tearing
[ tîrĭng ]

n.
Epiphora.
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