- to separate into parts with force or violence: The storm rent the ship to pieces.
- to tear apart, split, or divide: racial tension that is rending the nation.
- to pull or tear violently (often followed by away, off, up, etc.).
- to tear (one's garments or hair) in grief, rage, etc.
- to disturb (the air) sharply with loud noise.
- to harrow or distress (the heart) with painful feelings.
- to split or tear something.
- to become torn or split.
Origin of rend
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Examples from the Web for rend
Yet many zombies exist in an advanced state of decomposition, and lack the strength to rend and devour for themselves.How Can Canada Deal with the Zombie Threat?
February 16, 2013
They are the great problem of mankind; they rend the heart with pity.
They rend the heart with pity all the more for the reason that there is no sense in their poverty.
There's that in his heart which can tear and rend; and there's that which can build.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Then would the voice especially claim us for its prey, and rend us all to pieces.The Uncommercial Traveller
The world is quick to turn and rend with ridicule a false prophet.
- to tear with violent force or to be torn in this way; rip
- (tr) to tear or pull (one's clothes, etc), esp as a manifestation of rage or grief
- (tr) (of a noise or cry) to disturb (the air, silence, etc) with a shrill or piercing tone
- (tr) to pain or distress (the heart, conscience, etc)
Word Origin and History for rend
Old English rendan, hrendan "to tear, cut down," from West Germanic *randijanan (cf. Old Frisian renda "to cut, break," Middle Low German rende "anything broken," German Rinde "bark, crust"), probably related to rind. Related: Rended; rent; rending.