(third-person singular simple present rends, present participle rending, simple past and past participle rent)
- To separate into parts with force or sudden violence; to tear asunder; to split; to burst
- Powder rends a rock in blasting.
- Lightning rends an oak.
- To part or tear off forcibly; to take away by force.
- (intransitive) To be rent or torn; to become parted; to separate; to split.
- Relationships may rend if tempers flare.
- Rending of garments for shiva is a Jewish tradition.
From Middle English renden, from Old English rendan (“to rend, tear, cut, lacerate, cut down"), from Proto-Germanic *hrandijanÄ… (“to tear"), of uncertain origin. Believed by some to be the causitive of Proto-Germanic *hrindanÄ… (“to push"), from Proto-Indo-European *á¸±ret-, *kret- (“to hit, beat"), in which case would relate it to Old English hrindan (“to thrust, push"). Cognate with Scots rent (“to rend, tear"), Old Frisian renda (“to tear").