Rive meaning

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To break into pieces, as by a blow; cleave or split asunder.
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To break or distress (the spirit, for example).
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To be or become split.
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To tear apart; rend.
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To split; cleave.
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To break or dismay (the heart, spirit, etc.)
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To be or become rived.
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(archaic except in past participle) To tear apart by force; to split; to cleave.
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(archaic) To pierce or cleave with a weapon.
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(intransitive) To break apart; to split.
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In woodworking, to use a technique of splitting or sawing wood radially from a log (e.g. clapboards).
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A place torn; a rent; a rift.
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To rend or tear apart.
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Origin of rive

  • Middle English riven from Old Norse rīfa

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 ārÇ£fan (“to let loose, unwrap"), Old Norse ript (rift, “breach of contract"), Norwegian rive (“to tear") and Albanian rrip (“belt, rope"). More at rift.

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