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verb (used with object), rent, rending.
to separate into parts with force or violence: The storm rent the ship to pieces.
to tear apart, split, or divide: a racial problem that is rending the nation.
to pull or tear violently (often followed by away, off, up, etc.).
to tear (one's garments or hair) in grief, rage, etc.
to disturb (the air) sharply with loud noise.
to harrow or distress (the heart) with painful feelings.
verb (used without object), rent, rending.
to split or tear something.
to become torn or split.

before 950; Middle English renden, Old English rendan; cognate with Old Frisian renda

rendible, adjective

2. rive, sunder, sever, cleave, chop, fracture, rupture. See tear2. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
rend (rɛnd)
vb , rends, rending, rent
1.  to tear with violent force or to be torn in this way; rip
2.  (tr) to tear or pull (one's clothes, etc), esp as a manifestation of rage or grief
3.  (tr) (of a noise or cry) to disturb (the air, silence, etc) with a shrill or piercing tone
4.  (tr) to pain or distress (the heart, conscience, etc)
[Old English rendan; related to Old Frisian renda]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. rendon "to tear, cut," from W.Gmc. *randijanan (cf. O.Fris. renda "to cut, break," M.L.G. rende "anything broken"), related to rind. Not found in other Gmc. languages.
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