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English Dictionary: rive by the DICT Development Group
4 results for rive
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
rive
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
  2. separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument; "cleave the bone"
    Synonym(s): cleave, split, rive
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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rive \Rive\, v. i.
      To be split or rent asunder.
  
               Freestone rives, splits, and breaks in any direction.
                                                                              --Woodward.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rive \Rive\, n.
      A place torn; a rent; a rift. [Prov. Eng.]
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