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
Examples from the Web for riving
With a rending, riving sound the ship began to split in two, where the sharp back of the Mansie reef was sawing into her keel.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales|Arthur Conan Doyle
The work of riving Germany in pieces was not accomplished by Germans alone.The Thirty Years' War|Samuel Rawson Gardiner
It was like the riving of thunderbolts above the roar of floods—elemental, prophetic, threatening, ungovernable.Eben Holden|Irving Bacheller
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
Cortes replied with a thrust of the sword,—quick, but true, riving both the shield and the arm.The Fair God|Lew Wallace
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).