- Present participle of rive.
Variant of rive
transitive verbrived, rived or riven, riving
- 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
to be or become rived