When you rip up a piece of fabric into multiple pieces, this is an example of a time when you rend the fabric.
When you yank money out of your friend's hands despite his protests, this is an example of a time when you rend the money.
When you leave your girlfriend broken hearted after you dump her, this is an example of a time when you rend her emotions.
A roar rends the air.
A hole where the seam rends.
Rent the money from his hand.
Origin of rend
- Middle English renden from Old English rendan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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").