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v. rent (rĕnt) also rend·ed, rend·ing, rends
a. To tear or split apart or into pieces violently. See Synonyms at tear1.
b. To tear (one's garments or hair) in anguish or rage.
2. To pull away forcibly; wrest: rent the money from his hand.
a. To pull, split, or divide: "Chip was rent between the impulse to laugh wildly and a bitterness that threatened hot tears" (Louis Auchincloss).
b. To pierce or disturb with sound: a scream rent the silence.
c. To cause pain or distress to: tales that rend the heart.
To become torn or split; come apart: a hole where the seam rends.

[Middle English renden, from Old English rendan.]
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Adj.1.rending - resembling a sound of violent tearing as of something ripped apart or lightning splitting a tree; "the tree split with a great ripping sound"; "heard a rending roar as the crowd surged forward"
cacophonic, cacophonous - having an unpleasant sound; "as cacophonous as a henyard"- John McCarten
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He is rendingly beautiful at times; I have encountered him in the road, talking again tout seul and examining pebbles and cinders and marble chips through the telescope of a twice-opened tomato can.
In those poems too, the intervening stanzas interpolate a face to face, a remembered conversation and scene that serves only rendingly to emphasise the lost possibility of dialogue.
But it's one thing to allow mortality to linger in the background as a mournful counterpoint, which surfaces most rendingly in the great second-act threnody "Some Other Time," with its nearly Beckettian song lyric: "Just when the fun's beginning/Comes the final inning.
By the time Woyzeck resolves to murder Marie, he has been reduced to an implacable killing machine; wordlessly, rendingly, he smothers her in the sand and casts her limp body into an oil drum.