- to tear apart; rend
- to split; cleave
- to break or dismay (the heart, spirit, etc.)
Origin of riveMiddle English riven ; from Old Norse rifa ; from Indo-European base an unverified form rei-, to tear, slit from source rift, reap, row
verbrived, riv·en also rived, riv·ing, rives
- To rend or tear apart.
- To break into pieces, as by a blow; cleave or split asunder.
- To break or distress (the spirit, for example).
Origin of riveMiddle English riven, from Old Norse r&imacron;fa.
(third-person singular simple present rives, present participle riving, simple past rived or rove, past participle rived or riven)
From Middle English riven (“to rive"), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse rÄ«fa (“to rend, tear apart"), from Proto-Germanic *rÄ«fanÄ… (“to tear, scratch"), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)reip- (“to crumble, tear"). Cognate with Danish rive (“to tear"), Old Frisian rÄ«va (“to tear"), Old English ÄrÇ£fan (“to let loose, unwrap"), Old Norse ript (rift, “breach of contract"), Norwegian rive (“to tear") and Albanian rrip (“belt, rope"). More at rift.