tear-gas

verb
\ ˈtir-ˌgas How to pronounce tear-gas (audio) \
variants: or tear gas or less commonly teargas
tear-gassed or tear gassed also teargassed; tear-gassing or tear gassing also teargassing; tear-gases or tear gasses also teargasses

Definition of tear-gas

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to use tear gas on The troops then tear-gassed the crowd of several hundred, mostly teenagers and young men, which scattered in great confusion, but re-formed later.— Roger Daniels

tear gas

noun

Definition of tear gas (Entry 2 of 2)

: a solid, liquid, or gaseous substance that on dispersion in the atmosphere irritates mucous membranes resulting especially in blinding of the eyes with tears and that is used chiefly (as by the police and the military) to disperse large crowds of people

Examples of tear-gas in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the popular uprising was met with force as security forces used water cannons and teargas to break up demonstrations. Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Quartz Africa, "Cameroon’s “president for life” is facing protests as the Anglophone crisis rumbles on," 28 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Heavily armed officers brought in as reinforcements started using tear gas in a coordinated fashion to get people moving toward the door, then combed the halls for stragglers. Anchorage Daily News, "Capitol assault a more sinister attack than first appeared," 11 Jan. 2021 Heavily armed officers brought in as reinforcements started using tear gas in a coordinated fashion to get people moving toward the door, then combed the halls for stragglers. Jay Reeves, Star Tribune, "Capitol assault a more sinister attack than first appeared," 11 Jan. 2021 In late November, citizens captured video of Paris police violently removing homeless migrants from the central République square, using tear gas and batons. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Does ‘human rights champion’ France live up to its ideals at home?," 11 Dec. 2020 The discussion comes six months after a federal judge ordered the city to temporarily ban officers from using tear gas and other less-lethal weapons on protesters this summer. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, "Dallas City Council approves $8M deal for police ammo, tear gas, other less-lethal supplies," 10 Dec. 2020 That showdown at City Hall in June was Stoney’s attempt to apologize for police using tear gas on a crowd of peaceful demonstrators without apparent provocation. Washington Post, "Richmond’s mayor took down Confederate monuments this summer. That move may have vaulted him to another term in office.," 7 Nov. 2020 The decision, in part, allows law enforcement to bypass Mayor Ted Wheeler’s directive which banned Portland police from using tear gas during protests, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB). David Aaro, Fox News, "Oregon Gov. Brown to place national guard on standby ahead of election," 3 Nov. 2020 The maneuver, with Portland police reporting to the unified command, allows state police and sheriff deputies to bypass Mayor Ted Wheeler’s directive banning Portland police from using tear gas during protests. oregonlive, "Oregon State Police, Multnomah County Sheriff to lead police response in Portland during election, with National Guard on standby," 2 Nov. 2020 There was a public outcry in June over the use of tear gas against Black Lives Matter demonstrators on the approach to the Crescent City Connection. Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Police Department seeks end to consent decree despite open issues," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of tear-gas

Verb

1918, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tear-gas was in 1916

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“Tear-gas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tear-gas. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for tear-gas

tear gas

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tear gas

: a gas that makes people unable to see by causing their eyes to be filled with tears and that is used especially by the police or military to separate large groups of people

tear gas

noun

Medical Definition of tear gas

: a solid, liquid, or gaseous substance that on dispersion in the atmosphere irritates mucous membranes resulting especially in blinding of the eyes with tears

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