- 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 rive
I was wearing a lacy black nightgown and Rive Gauche by St. Laurent when I let him in.The Summer of the Entenmann's Man
July 9, 2010
There was a lightning in his eyes which seemed to rive the spectator.Patrick Henry
Moses Coit Tyler
I wouldna care if ye were to rive horse and beast and a' from me now.The Northern Iron
George A. Birmingham
And he tugged at my tail-coat like to rive it off me, your honour.The Dew of Their Youth
S. R. Crockett
It began at its northernly end in 1855 as boulevard Sbastopol, Rive Gauche.Historic Paris
Jetta S. Wolff
On the Rive Gauche, the walks at nightfall are more difficult to indicate.Paris Vistas
Helen Davenport Gibbons
- 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 rive
"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).