- to tear or rend apart: to rive meat from a bone.
- to separate by striking; split; cleave.
- to rend, harrow, or distress (the feelings, heart, etc.).
- to split (wood) radially from a log.
- to become rent or split apart: stones that rive easily.
Origin of rive
Examples from the Web for riving
The work of riving Germany in pieces was not accomplished by Germans alone.The Thirty Years' War
Samuel Rawson Gardiner
At last the topmost log is rolled into place and the artistic work commences,—the "riving" of slabs.
Down fell the ruin, echoing along the street, crushing Arbaces and riving the solid pavement where it crashed!Standard Selections
In talking of him she remarked, "Eh, but John's tabernacle tuk a deal o' riving to bits."Lighter Moments from the Notebook of Bishop Walsham How
Frederick Douglas How
Down fell the ruin, echoing along the street, and riving the solid pavement where it crashed!The Last Days of Pompeii
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
- to split asundera tree riven by lightning
- to tear apartriven to shreds
- archaic to break (the heart) or (of the heart) to be broken
Word Origin and History for riving
"tear in pieces, strike asunder," c.1200, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse rifa "to tear apart" (cf. Swedish rifva, Danish rive "scratch, tear"), from PIE root *rei- "to scratch, tear, cut" (see riparian).