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rive

[rahyv]
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verb (used with object), rived, rived or riv·en, riv·ing.
  1. to tear or rend apart: to rive meat from a bone.
  2. to separate by striking; split; cleave.
  3. to rend, harrow, or distress (the feelings, heart, etc.).
  4. to split (wood) radially from a log.
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verb (used without object), rived, rived or riv·en, riv·ing.
  1. to become rent or split apart: stones that rive easily.
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Origin of rive

1225–75; Middle English riven < Old Norse rīfa to tear, split. See rift
Related formsun·rived, adjective
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Examples from the Web for riving

Historical Examples

  • 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!

  • In talking of him she remarked, "Eh, but John's tabernacle tuk a deal o' riving to bits."

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for riving

rive

verb rives, riving, rived, rived or riven (ˈrɪvən) (usually passive)
  1. to split asundera tree riven by lightning
  2. to tear apartriven to shreds
  3. archaic to break (the heart) or (of the heart) to be broken
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Word Origin

C13: from Old Norse rīfa; related to Old Frisian rīva
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Word Origin and History for riving

rive

v.

"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).

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