Rive

Definition of Rive

v. t.1.To rend asunder by force; to split; to cleave; as, to rive timber for rails or shingles.
[imp. Rived ; p. p. Rived or Riven ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Riving.]
I shall ryve him through the sides twain.
- Chaucer.
The scolding winds have rived the knotty oaks.
- Shak.
Brutus hath rived my heart.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To be split or rent asunder.
Freestone rives, splits, and breaks in any direction.
- Woodward.
n.1.A place torn; a rent; a rift.

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