We can visualize those workmen at Coan "riving" out the weather boards for the first known house in the Northern Neck.
At last the topmost log is rolled into place and the artistic work commences,—the "riving" of slabs.
The work of riving Germany in pieces was not accomplished by Germans alone.
In talking of him she remarked, "Eh, but John's tabernacle tuk a deal o' riving to bits."
We would suggest that it was by the power its roots possess of riving the natural rock.
Down fell the ruin, echoing along the street, and riving the solid pavement where it crashed!
A great slug, whizzing down, beat a gaping hole in the deck, and fell rending and riving into the hold below.
But tell her the day is near the dawning, the sky is riving; our Beloved will be on us, ere ever we be aware.
Cortes replied with a thrust of the sword,—quick, but true, riving both the shield and the arm.
Every single sour grape portends a cluster; every flash of lightning a riving thunderbolt.
"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).