[ rahyv ]
/ raɪv /

verb (used with object), rived, rived or riv·en, riv·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), rived, rived or riv·en, riv·ing.

to become rent or split apart: stones that rive easily.

Origin of rive

1225–75; Middle English riven < Old Norse rīfa to tear, split. See rift


un·rived, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rive

/ (raɪv) /

verb rives, riving, rived, rived or riven (ˈrɪvən) (usually passive)

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 for rive

C13: from Old Norse rīfa; related to Old Frisian rīva
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