teargas

verb tear·gas \ ˈtir-ˌgas \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

Definition of teargas

: to use tear gas on

First Known Use of teargas

1946

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tear gas

noun

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 and is used chiefly in dispelling mobs

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First Known Use of tear gas

1916

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TEARGAS Defined for English Language Learners

tear gas

Definition of tear gas for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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tear gas

noun

medical Definition of tear gas

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

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