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- very hasty
- a tearing hurry
- The act by which something is torn; a laceration.
- (computer graphics) Distortion of an animated display when the contents of the framebuffer are rendered while it contains portions of two or more frames.
2003, David P. Luebke, Level of detail for 3D graphics, page 303:
- Even in this case, tearing still results if the swap occurs in the middle of a refresh cycle.