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- adj. Pertaining to or causing tears.
- n. A vase intended to hold tears, formerly used by archaeologists to designate certain urns found in Roman burials.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Relating to or inducing tears; -- especially of chemical substances.
- n. A “tear-bottle;” a narrow-necked vessel found in sepulchers of the ancient Romans; -- so called from a former notion that the tears of the deceased person's friends were collected in it. Called also lachrymal or lacrymal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to or prompting tears
The self-heating process of linseed oil on cotton, the investigators said, releases large quantities of a choking, white, "lachrymatory" (tear-making) smoke.
In addition to high explosive he now began to send over for the first time "lachrymatory" gas shells, having a sweet smell and doing little harm except to make our eyes water.
The entire lab stank from chemicals in unvented storage cabinets, and became lachrymatory when reactions using excess ethyl bromoacetate had to be worked up outside the hood.
It puts forward the idea that Earth is a globular allium and "pain and fear" are the lachrymatory agents that provoke all the tears.
I feel the lachrymatory reflex begin and a counter-reflex pops in, that choked up feeling that says, No, not now.
Your uncle is great in the lachrymatory line, Clive Newcome.
Such a lachrymatory farewell from someone who will certainly not be missed.
Some are merely lachrymatory or "tear" shells; the gas affecting the eyes in such a manner as to produce constant "weeping" and consequent inability to see clearly.
Opening my door, I encountered the not unpleasant smell of lachrymatory gas.
Guns of all calibres, underground mines and light mortars are ever at work, demolishing, wounding, and killing, while lachrymatory and asphyxiating shell-fire is to be expected at all times.
Lectures on Land Warfare; A tactical Manual for the Use of Infantry Officers An Examination of the Principles Which Underlie the Art of Warfare, with Illustrations of the Principles by Examples Taken from Military History, from the Battle of Thermopylae, B.C. 480, to the Battle of the Sambre, November 1-11, 1918