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a drop of the secretion of the lacrimal glands



a drop of the clear, slightly opalescent fluid secreted by the lacrimal glands. Tears are slightly alkaline. They contain as much as 99 percent water and 0.9 percent inorganic matter, chiefly sodium chloride and small quantities of sodium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, calcium sulfate, and calcium phosphate, as well as the antibacterial enzyme lysozyme; other proteins constitute 0.1 percent. Tears moisten the anterior surface of the eye and prevent it from drying, wash foreign bodies out of the conjunctival sac, and participate in the nutrition of the cornea.


run, 3
1. In roofing, the horizontal distance from the face of a wall to the ridge of the roof.
2. In stairways, the width of a single stair tread.
3. The horizontal distance covered by a flight of steps.
4. The runway or track for a sash.
5. A small stream of paint flowing vertically on a
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She confessed that she got a little teary eyed as she had been working for her so long.
I've been an actor for 36 years and this is the first prize I've ever won,'' said a teary Barraza, who's also on a panel called ``Creative Forces: Women in the Biz'' at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Saturday.
I donOt know if it was my imagination, but my breast tenderness disappeared overnight, I had more energy and I felt much less grumpy, teary and emotional.
TWS, which apparently stands for The World of Seniors, had another teary award show of some sort at the prestigious Henry Fonda Memorial Theatre.
Or it is, but it's just teenage heaviness, like Chris's teary explanation for Rob's mysterious disappearance: "I kept telling myself there had to be some kind of logical answer .
There were more moving speeches, teary acceptances and a few long-winded honorees.
Readers will be both appalled and fascinated by the teary scene in the Oval Office when Meyers succeeded in winning a stay of execution from the President.
The witness has claimed that the 21-year-old singer used some eye-drops just before the performance that made his eyes teary.
They revealed their fears during a teary night out with other presenters of the breakfast show, including Penny Smith, 51, who leaves the programme in June after 17 years as part of ITV's planned budget cuts.
If Jen knew about Brad's teary eyes she certainly didn't show it, dancing and partying the night away with co-stars from her upcoming film Derailed.