from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A track or mark left by tears.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any stain produced from tears from the eye.


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  • Other than a tearstain down one cheek, she looked again like the seasoned commander of the Sentinels.


  • Still holding the unlit cigarette in one hand, he takes his white terry cloth belt in his other hand and scrubs at the tearstain.


  • Rome put out a hand and gently brushed a tearstain from her cheek.

    Rome's Revenge

  • Then she sends messages to him and continues her crafty arts, lets him understand that she is losing sleep for love of him, is pining for him; maybe she sends him a ring, or a lock of her hair, a paring of her nails, a splinter from her lute, or part of her toothbrush, or a piece of fragrant gum (chewed by her) as a substitute for a kiss, or a note written and folded with her own hands and tied with a string from her lute, with a tearstain on it; and finally sealed with

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories


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