verb (used with object), rent, rend·ing.
verb (used without object), rent, rend·ing.
Origin of rend
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.
And the vitals of a wolf could no more strongly have felt the instinct to rend.The Mysterious Rider|Zane Grey
His brow darkened, and he clutched them more securely to rend them with an effort.The Firebrand|S. R. Crockett
Equally beautiful and still more pathetic, is "My Heid is like to rend, Willie."The Genius of Scotland|Robert Turnbull
British Dictionary definitions for rend
verb rends, rending or rent
Word Origin for rend
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.