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Meaning of RIVE

Pronunciation:  rIv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument; "cleave the bone"
  2. [v]  tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips"

RIVE is a 4 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: cleave, pull, rend, rip, split
 See Also: bust, laminate, maul, rupture, snap, tear



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rive\, v. t. [imp. {Rived}; p. p. {Rived} or {Riven}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Riving}.] [Icel. r[=i]fa, akin to Sw. rifva to
    pull asunder, burst, tear, Dan. rive to rake, pluck, tear.
    Cf. {Reef} of land, {Rifle} a gun, {Rift}, {Rivel}.]
    To rend asunder by force; to split; to cleave; as, to rive
    timber for rails or shingles.
          I shall ryve him through the sides twain. --Chaucer.
          The scolding winds have rived the knotty oaks. --Shak.
          Brutus hath rived my heart.              --Shak.
  2. \Rive\, v. i.
    To be split or rent asunder.
          Freestone rives, splits, and breaks in any direction.
  3. \Rive\, n.
    A place torn; a rent; a rift. [Prov. Eng.]