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[rahyv] /raɪv/
verb (used with object), rived, rived or riven, riving.
1.
to tear or rend apart:
to rive meat from a bone.
2.
to separate by striking; split; cleave.
3.
to rend, harrow, or distress (the feelings, heart, etc.).
4.
to split (wood) radially from a log.
verb (used without object), rived, rived or riven, riving.
5.
to become rent or split apart:
stones that rive easily.
Origin of rive
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English riven < Old Norse rīfa to tear, split. See rift
Related forms
unrived, adjective
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  • I wouldna care if ye were to rive horse and beast and a' from me now.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • He gave up his entire day to showing us the beauties of the rive Gauche.

    The Adventures of a Modest Man Robert W. Chambers
  • It began at its northernly end in 1855 as boulevard Sbastopol, rive Gauche.

    Historic Paris Jetta S. Wolff
  • It has no certain Grain; and it is almost impossible to split or rive it.

  • In agony that seemed to rive her heart she closed her eyes lest he might see in them the anguish she knew was there.

  • To employ a metaphor, theirs was a versatility which "could pick up a needle or rive an oak!"

  • On Friday afternoon, when we were taking a walk along the quais of the rive Gauche, we had no suspicion what was going to happen.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • On his helmet the rubies did he rive; The stroke went through the helmet for it reached unto the flesh.

    The Lay of the Cid R. Selden Rose
  • There was a lightning in his eye that seemed to rive the spectator.

    The Bobbin Boy William M. Thayer
British Dictionary definitions for rive

rive

/raɪv/
verb (usually passive) rives, riving, rived, rived, 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
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse rīfa; related to Old Frisian rīva
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Word Origin and History for rive
v.

"tear in pieces, strike asunder," c.1200, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse rifa "to tear apart" (cf. Swedish rifva, Danish rive "scratch, tear"), from PIE root *rei- "to scratch, tear, cut" (see riparian).

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