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English Dictionary: rend by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
rend
v
  1. tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips"
    Synonym(s): rend, rip, rive, pull
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rend \Rend\, v. i.
      To be rent or torn; to become parted; to separate; to split.
      --Jer. Taylor.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rend \Rend\ (r[ecr]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rent} (r?nt); p.
      pr. & vb. n. {Rending}.] [AS. rendan, hrendan; cf. OFries.
      renda, randa, Fries. renne to cut, rend, Icel. hrinda to
      push, thrust, AS. hrindan; or cf. Icel. r[?]na to rob,
      plunder, Ir. rannaim to divide, share, part, W. rhanu, Armor.
      ranna.]
      1. To separate into parts with force or sudden violence; to
            tear asunder; to split; to burst; as, powder rends a rock
            in blasting; lightning rends an oak.
  
                     The dreadful thunder Doth rend the region. --Shak.
  
      2. To part or tear off forcibly; to take away by force.
  
                     An empire from its old foundations rent. --Dryden.
  
                     I will surely rend the kingdom from thee. --1 Kings
                                                                              xi. 11.
  
      {To rap and rend}. See under {Rap}, v. t., to snatch.
  
      Syn: To tear; burst; break; rupture; lacerate; fracture;
               crack; split.
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