verb (used with object), rived, rived or riv·en, riv·ing.
verb (used without object), rived, rived or riv·en, riv·ing.
Origin of rive
Related Words for rivingdivide, fray, rend, disintegrate, splinter, shatter, fracture, wrest, scratch, rip, impair, slit, extract, sever, frazzle, injure, damage, split, slash, crack
Examples from the Web for riving
Historical Examples of 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
verb rives, riving, rived, rived or riven (ˈrɪvən) (usually passive)
Word Origin 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).