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

  • v. Past participle of tear1.

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  • v. Past participle of tear (rip, rend, speed).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • p. p. of tear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, having deep and irregular marginal incisions, as if produced by tearing; lacerate.
  • n. A Middle English form of turn.
  • n. In heraldry, a bearing representing an ancient spinning-wheel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. disrupted by the pull of contrary forces
  • adj. having edges that are jagged from injury


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  • Mechanically he ran the rope under the sleeve of his life-jacket; a mighty jerk seemed likely to pull him in halves as the smack sheered; then a heavy, dragging pain came -- he was being torn, torn, _torn_.

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  • She was aware of Bashir watching her, eyes wide, his expression torn between protest at her treatment of a superior and reluctant agreement.

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  • “Borg!” she howled, a word torn from her innermost self.


  • It was a little white packet, and had been opened and the label torn across, but you could read what was on it plain enough -- 'Arsenic -- Poison,' and the name of the chemist in London.

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  • It was the work of an instant only to glance at the label torn from the picture-case.

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  • Having stood before each of the fifty-nine canvases displayed on the third floor, this viewer at the elevator door had an impulse to run back in again, as at some lovelorn parting, and make the encounter yield a final word torn from the depths of what Henry James might have termed “the so beautifully unsaid.”

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  • It also contained a label torn from a pizza box, and made reference to various pizza toppings. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • A term torn page comes from the idea of a torn page in a book.

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  • On the slip of paper that came home from the hospital with me, saved in my baby book, was a bassinet card with my name torn off—but I could still make out a loop in the middle of the last name that hadn’t been ripped away: a cursive y or g or j or q.

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  • It can consist of a child's drawing or scenery torn from a country magazine.

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