- tear gas
- tear gas n a solid, liquid, or gaseous substance that on dispersion in the atmosphere blinds the eyes with tears and is used chiefly in dispelling mobs
* * *any of the several kinds of gas used in warfare and by the police to produce temporary incapacitation. Most tear gases produce stinging pain in the eyes and streaming from the eyes and nose. See also CS gas.
* * *a gas that produces severe lacrimation by irritating the conjunctivae.
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tear-gas — /tear gas /, v.t., tear gassed, tear gassing. to subject to tear gas. [1945 50] * * * tearˈ gas transitive verb To use tear gas on • • • Main Entry: ↑tear * * * tear gas «tihr», a gas that irritates the eyes and temporarily blinds them with tears … Useful english dictionary
tear gas — /tear/ a gas that makes the eyes smart and water, thus producing a temporary blindness, used in modern warfare, to quell riots, etc. [1915 20] * * * Any of a group of substances, most often synthetic organic halogen compounds, that irritate the… … Universalium
tear gas — tear′ gas [[t]tɪər[/t]] n. chem. a gas that makes the eyes smart and water, thus producing a temporary blindness, used in warfare, to quell riots, etc • Etymology: 1915–20 tear′ gas , tear′gas , v.t. gassed, gas•sing … From formal English to slang
tear gas — [tir] n. a volatile liquid or gas that causes irritation of the eyes, a heavy flow of tears, and temporary blindness: used as in warfare or by the police tear gas vt. tear gassed, tear gassing … English World dictionary
tear-gas — /tear gas /, v.t., tear gassed, tear gassing. to subject to tear gas. [1945 50] * * * … Universalium
tear gas — [ˈtıə gæs US ˈtır ] n [U] a gas that stings your eyes, used by the police to control crowds ▪ The police used tear gas to break up the demonstration … Dictionary of contemporary English
tear gas — [ tır,gæs ] noun uncount a gas that makes your eyes sting, used especially by the police to control violent crowds … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
tear gas — ► NOUN ▪ gas that causes severe irritation to the eyes, used in warfare and riot control … English terms dictionary
tear gas — noun a gas that makes the eyes fill with tears but does not damage them; used in dispersing crowds • Syn: ↑teargas, ↑lacrimator, ↑lachrymator • Hypernyms: ↑gas, ↑chemical weapon • Hyponyms: ↑ … Useful english dictionary
tear gas — [[t]tɪ͟ə(r) gæs[/t]] also tear gas N UNCOUNT Tear gas is a gas that causes your eyes to sting and fill with tears so that you cannot see. It is sometimes used by the police or army to control crowds. Police used tear gas to disperse the… … English dictionary