Dictionary: TEACH-ER – TEAR-ING

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  1. One who teaches or instructs.
  2. An instructor; a preceptor; a tutor; one whose business or occupation is to instruct others.
  3. One who instructs others in religion; a preacher; a minister of the Gospel. The teachers in all the churches assembled themselves. Ralegh.
  4. One who preaches without regular ordination. Swift.


  1. The act or business of instructing.
  2. Instruction.


Instructing; informing.


Unteachable; indocile. Shelly.

TEA-CUP, n. [tea and cup.]

A small cup in which tea is drank.

TEAD, or TEDE, n. [L. tæda.]

A torch; a flambeau. [Not in use.] Spenser.


A merchant who sells teas.

TEA-DRINK'ER, n. [tea and drinker.]

One who drinks much tea.

TEAGUE, n. [teeg.]

An Irishman; in contempt. Johnson.

TEAK, or TEEK, n.

A tree of the East Indies, which furnishes an abundance of ship timber. It is the Tectonia grandis.

TEAL, n. [D. taling.]

An aquatic fowl of the genus Anas, the smallest of the duck kind. Cyc.

TEAM, n. [Sax. team, offspring, progeny, race of descendants, hence a suit or long series; tyman, to teem, to bear, to bring forth, also to call, to summon. The primary sense is to shoot out or extend.]

  1. Two or more horses, oxen or other beasts harnessed together to the same vehicle for drawing, as to a coach, chariot, wagon, cart, sled, sleigh and the like. It has been a great question whether teams of horses or oxen are most advantageously employed in agriculture. In land free from stones and stumps and of easy tillage, it is generally agreed that horses are preferable for teams.
  2. Any number passing in a line; a long line. Like a long team of snowy swans on high. Dryden. [This is the primary sense, but is rarely used.]

TEAM-STER, n. [team and ster.]

One who drives a team.

TEAM-WORK, n. [team and work.]

Work done by a team, as distinguished from personal labor. New England.


The tea-shrub, – Camellia Thea.

TEA-POT, n. [tea and pot.]

A vessel with a spout, in which tea is made, and from which it is poured into tea-cups.

TEAR, n.1 [Gaelic, dear, deur; Goth. tagr, contracted in Sax. tear; G. zähre; Sw. tår; Dan. taare; W. daigyr; Gr. δακρυ; from flowing or pouring forth; Ar. تَاقَ tauka, to burst forth, as tears, or وَدَقَ wadaka, to drop or distil. See Class Dg, No. 16, 24, 48, 63.]

  1. Tears are the limpid fluid secreted by the lacrymal gland, and appearing in the eyes, or flowing from them. A tear, in the singular, is a drop or a small quantity of that fluid. Tears are excited by passions, particularly by grief. This fluid is also called forth by any injury done to the eye. It serves to moisten the cornea and preserve its transparency, and to remove any dust or fine substance that enters the eye and gives pain.
  2. Something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid matter.

TEAR, n.2

A rent; a fissure. [Little used.]

TEAR, v.i.

To rave; to rage; to rant; to move and act with turbulent violence; as a mad bull. L'Estrange.

TEAR, v.t. [pret. tore; pp. torn; old pret. tare, obs. Sax. tæran, to tear; tiran, tyran, tyrian, tyrigan, to fret, gnaw, provoke; Russ. deru, to tear. In Sw. tära is to fret, consume, waste; Dan. tærer, id.; D. teeren, G. zehren, id. These are probably the same word varied in signification, and they coincide with L. tero, Gr. τειρω. In W. tori, Arm. torri, Corn. terhi, is to break; and Syr. תרע, to tear, to rend. Class Dr, No. 42, 51.]

  1. To separate by violence or pulling; to rend; to lacerate; as, to tear cloth; to tear a garment; to tear the skin or flesh. We use tear and rip in different senses. To tear is to rend or separate the texture of cloth; to rip is to open a seam, to separate parts sewed together.
  2. To wound; to lacerate. The women beat their breasts, their cheeks they tear. Shak.
  3. To rend; to break; to form fissures by any violence; as, torrents tear the ground. Dryden.
  4. To divide by violent measures; to shatter; to rend; as, a state or government torn by factions. Locke.
  5. To pull with violence; as, to tear the hair. Dryden.
  6. To remove by violence; to break up. Or on rough seas from their foundation torn. Dryden.
  7. To make a violent rent. In the midst, a tearing groan did break / The name of Antony. Shak. To tear from, to separate and take away by force; as, an isle torn from its possessor. The hand of fate / Has torn thee from me. Addison. To tear off, to pull off by violence; to strip. To tear out, to pull or draw out by violence; as, to tear out the eyes. To tear up, to rip up; to remove from a fixed state by violence; as, to tear up a floor; to tear up the foundations of government or order.


  1. One who tears or rends any thing.
  2. One that rages or raves with violence.

TEAR-FAL-LING, a. [tear and fall.]

Shedding tears; tender; as, tear-falling pity. Shak.


Filled with tears. Fraser.

TEAR-FUL, a. [tear and full.]

Abounding with tears; weeping; shedding tears; as, tearful eyes. Shak.

TEAR-ING, ppr. [from tear, to rend.]

Rending; pulling apart; lacerating; violent; raging.