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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Documents must not be handed to drivers or otherwise issued with blank spaces for recording particulars of tare weights or net weights.
▪ Two thousand years ago, the biblical farmer was tormented by tares and Virgil was denouncing what he called the lazy thistle.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tare \Tare\, obs. imp. of Tear. Tore.


Tare \Tare\, n. [Cf. Prov. E. tare brisk, eager, OE. tarefitch the wild vetch.]

  1. A weed that grows among wheat and other grain; -- alleged by modern naturalists to be the Lolium temulentum, or darnel.

    Didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares?
    --Matt. xiii. 27.

    The ``darnel'' is said to be the tares of Scripture, and is the only deleterious species belonging to the whole order.

  2. (Bot.) A name of several climbing or diffuse leguminous herbs of the genus Vicia; especially, the Vicia sativa, sometimes grown for fodder.


Tare \Tare\, n. [F. tare; cf. Pr., Sp., Pg., & It. tara; all fr. Ar. tarah thrown away, removed, fr. taraha to reject, remove.] (Com.) Deficientcy in the weight or quantity of goods by reason of the weight of the cask, bag, or whatever contains the commodity, and is weighed with it; hence, the allowance or abatement of a certain weight or quantity which the seller makes to the buyer on account of the weight of such cask, bag, etc.


Tare \Tare\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tared; p. pr. & vb. n. Taring.] To ascertain or mark the tare of (goods).


Tear \Tear\ (t[^a]r), v. t. [imp. Tore (t[=o]r), ((Obs. Tare) (t[^a]r); p. p. Torn (t[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. Tearing.] [OE. teren, AS. teran; akin to OS. farterian to destroy, D. teren to consume, G. zerren to pull, to tear, zehren to consume, Icel. t[ae]ra, Goth. gata['i]ran to destroy, Lith. dirti to flay, Russ. drate to pull, to tear, Gr. de`rein to flay, Skr. dar to burst. [root]63. Cf. Darn, Epidermis, Tarre, Tirade.]

  1. To separate by violence; to pull apart by force; to rend; to lacerate; as, to tear cloth; to tear a garment; to tear the skin or flesh.

    Tear him to pieces; he's a conspirator.

  2. Hence, to divide by violent measures; to disrupt; to rend; as, a party or government torn by factions.

  3. To rend away; to force away; to remove by force; to sunder; as, a child torn from its home.

    The hand of fate Hath torn thee from me.

  4. To pull with violence; as, to tear the hair.

  5. To move violently; to agitate. ``Once I loved torn ocean's roar.''

    To tear a cat, to rant violently; to rave; -- especially applied to theatrical ranting. [Obs.]

    To tear down, to demolish violently; to pull or pluck down.

    To tear off, to pull off by violence; to strip.

    To tear out, to pull or draw out by violence; as, to tear out the eyes.

    To tear up, to rip up; to remove from a fixed state by violence; as, to tear up a floor; to tear up the foundation of government or order.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"kind of fodder plant, vetch," c.1300, perhaps cognate with or from Middle Dutch tarwe "wheat," from a Germanic source perhaps related to Breton draok, Welsh drewg "darnel," Sanskrit durva "a kind of millet grass," Greek darata, daratos "bread," Lithuanian dirva "a wheat-field." Used in 2nd Wyclif version (1388) of Matt. xxiii:25 to render Greek zizania as a weed among corn (earlier darnel and cockle had been used in this place); hence figurative use for "something noxious sown among something good" (1711).


"allowable difference between gross and net weight, deduction made from gross weight of goods to account for approximate weight of packaging or container holding them," late 15c., from Middle French tare "wastage in goods, deficiency, imperfection" (15c.), from Italian tara, Medieval Latin tara, from Arabic tarah, literally "thing deducted or rejected, that which is thrown away," from taraha "to reject."


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context rare English) A vetch, or the seed of a vetch. 2 (context rare English) A damaging weed growing in fields of grain. Etymology 2

n. The empty weight of a container. vb. 1 (context chiefly business and legal English) To take into account the weight of the container, wrapping etc. in weight#Verb merchandise. 2 (context sciences English) To set a zero value on an instrument (usually a balance) that discounts the starting point. Etymology 3

vb. (context obsolete English) (en-simple past of: tear) Etymology 4

n. Any of various dipping sauces served with Japanese food, typically based on soy sauce.

  1. n. any of several weedy vetches grown for forage

  2. weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous [syn: darnel, bearded darnel, cheat, Lolium temulentum]

  3. counterweight consisting of an empty container that is used as a counterbalance to obtain net weight


Tare or Tares may refer to:

  • Tare (armour), a leg and groin protector used in a number of Japanese martial arts
  • Tare (surname), a surname
  • Tare (tufted grass), a genus of nine species of tufted grasses
  • Tare, Rwanda
  • Tare River, in Romania
  • Tare sauce, a Japanese dipping sauce
  • Tare weight, the weight of an empty vehicle or container
  • Tares, Iran
  • Vicia sativa a plant also known as the tare
  • Parable of the Tares, a parable of Jesus
Tare (surname)

Tare is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Aditya Tare (born 1987), Indian cricketer
  • Avey Tare (born 1979), founding member of the band Animal Collective
  • Ieva Tāre (born 1974), Latvian women's basketball player
  • Igli Tare (born 1972), Albanian football player

Usage examples of "tare".

In the meane season Thrasillus not able to refraine any longer, before Charites had asswaged her dolor, before her troubled mind had pacified her fury, even in the middle of all her griefes, while she tare her haire and rent her garments, demanded her in marriage, and so without shame, he detected the secrets and unspeakeable deceipts of his heart.

Specific Gravity Tables -- Percentage Tare Tables -- Petroleum Tables -- Paraffine and Benzoline Calculations -- Customary Drafts -- Tables for Calculating Allowance for Dirt, Water, etc.

They suited the days gone by, When I pulled the poppies and pansies, When I hunted the butterfly, With one who has long been sleeping, A stranger to doubts and cares, And to sowing that ends in reaping Thistles, and thorns, and tares.

It fortuned amongst all this fearefull company, that in running, the youngest of the three brethren stombled at a stone, and fell down to the ground : Then the dogs came upon him and tare him in peeces with their teeth, whereby he was compelled to cry for succour : His other two brethren hearing his lamentable voice ran towards him to helpe him, casting their cloakes about their left armes, tooke up stones to chase away the dogs, but all was in vaine, for they might see their brother dismembred in every part of his body : Who lying at the very point of death, desired his brethren to revenge his death against that cruell tyrant : And therewithall lie gave up the ghost.

I had not fully declared these words, when as behold all the servants of the house were assembled with weapons to drive me away, one buffeted me about the face, another about the shoulders, some strook me in the sides, some kicked me, and some tare my garments, and so I was handled amongst them and driven from the house, as the proud young man Adonis who was torn by a Bore.

The imprisoned traitors are Nelac of Lirigon, Tared of Desor, and Caragal of Norloch.

In the preterit some are likewise formed by a, as brake, spake, bare, share, sware, tare, ware, clave, gat, begat, forgat, and perhaps some others, but more rarely.

Tare and ages, what way would I be resting at all, he muttered thickly, and I tramping Dublin this while back with my share of songs and himself after me the like of a soulth or a bullawurrus?

But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

Let both grow together until the harvest and in the time of harvest: I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

As he sowed these tares, up came serpents and reptiles, and they were crawling up his body, and all around were woods with wolves and animals prowling in them.

God that men reap The tares which in madness they sow, Sorrow follows the footsteps of crime, And Sin is the consort of Woe.

The majority of the Axemen would have to camp outside the town precinct, for there was no way they could be billeted in a town the size of Tare, but Embeth invited the women, Gilbert, Axis and Belial to stay at her castle.