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a drop of the secretion of the lacrimal glands
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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.

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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"You have taken away her confidence - she feels her life has been torn apart."
McMaster, whose own community has been torn apart by the conflict, called on those gathered to "pray for the ability to rebuild trust, hope, peace and love for one another."
Peace Operations Seen From Below: UN Missions And Local People by Beatrice Pouligny (A Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Studies and Research) examines United Natioins peace operations in societies torn apart by political and ethnic conflict in a different light from most studies.
As a result, the soldiers and their families, relieved and grateful for their safe return, were torn apart once again without adequate time to prepare.
Their lives were abruptly torn apart when the Hutu militia Interahamwe and ordinary Hutu citizens began the genocide of an estimated 1 million Tutsis.
A loose cable drags along the ground and is torn apart. For travel or storage, wind the cable up on its reel and then secure it with the reel straps.
Artemis and Holly team up to defeat Opal, but she sets a clever trap for them that almost has them torn apart by trolls.
Over the bridge in New Orleans, he shows a city torn apart because of levee breeches.
Even The Stones is a fantastic epic, set in a land torn apart by war.
For Dipa meeting other people, like Lira and Ilmi, who believed that 'the chain of hate and fear has to be torn apart' was inspiring.
"Orpheus Suite," 2002-2003, is dedicated to the mythological poet and musician who, although torn apart by Dionysus's maenads, lives, according to O'Reilly, "in the sound of forests, rivers, winds, and the voice of the arts." O'Reilly mimics Orpheus's fate in six patched-together montages, equating the tranquillity of the forest with the quiet of the studio.