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v. rived, riv·en (rĭv′ən) also rived, riv·ing, rives
1. To rend or tear apart.
2. To break into pieces, as by a blow; cleave or split asunder.
3. To break or distress (the spirit, for example).
To be or become split.
[Middle English riven, from Old Norse rīfa.]
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vb (usually passive) , rives, riving, rived, rived or riven (ˈrɪvən)
1. to split asunder: a tree riven by lightning.
2. to tear apart: riven to shreds.
3. archaic to break (the heart) or (of the heart) to be broken
[C13: from Old Norse rīfa; related to Old Frisian rīva]
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v. rived, rived riv•en, riv•ing. v.t.
1. to tear or rend apart.
2. to split by striking; cleave.
3. to harrow or distress (the feelings, heart, etc.).
4. to split (wood) radially from a log.v.i.
5. to become rent or split apart.
[1225–75; < Old Norse rīfa to tear. compare rift]
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Past participle: riven
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To split, often applied to the splitting of logs into thin sections for planks or shingles.
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|Verb||1.||rive - tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips"|
|2.||rive - separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument; "cleave the bone"|
maul - split (wood) with a maul and wedges
laminate - split (wood) into thin sheets
tear - to separate or be separated by force; "planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars"
cleave - make by cutting into; "The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock"
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