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English Dictionary: Riving by the DICT Development Group
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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rive \Rive\, v. t. [imp. {Rived}; p. p. {Rived} or {Riven}; p.
      pr. & vb. n. {Riving}.] [Icel. r[c6]fa, akin to Sw. rifva to
      pull asunder, burst, tear, Dan. rive to rake, pluck, tear.
      Cf. {Reef} of land, {Rifle} a gun, {Rift}, {Rivel}.]
      To rend asunder by force; to split; to cleave; as, to rive
      timber for rails or shingles.
  
               I shall ryve him through the sides twain. --Chaucer.
  
               The scolding winds have rived the knotty oaks. --Shak.
  
               Brutus hath rived my heart.                     --Shak.
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