verb (used with object)
to tear or rend apart: to rive meat from a bone.
to separate by striking; split; cleave.
to rend, harrow, or distress (the feelings, heart, etc.).
to split (wood) radially from a log.
verb (used without object)
to become rent or split apart: stones that rive easily.
Origin: 1225–75; Middle English riven Related forms
< Old Norse rīfa
to tear, split. See rift