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Other Rive Definition

[v] separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument; "cleave the bone"
[v] tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips"


cleave, pull, rend, rip, split

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bust, laminate, maul, rupture, snap, tear

Misc. Definitions

\Rive\, v. t. [imp. {Rived}; p. p. {Rived} or {Riven}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Riving}.] [Icel. r[=i]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.
\Rive\, v. i. To be split or rent asunder. Freestone rives, splits, and breaks in any direction. --Woodward.
\Rive\, n. A place torn; a rent; a rift. [Prov. Eng.]

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