Rend, v. i. To be rent or torn; to become parted; to separate; to split.
Rend v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rent p. pr. & vb. n. Rending.]
1. To separate into parts with force or sudden violence; to tear asunder; to split; to burst; as, powder rends a rock in blasting; lightning rends an oak.
The dreadful thunder
Doth rend the region. --Shak.
2. To part or tear off forcibly; to take away by force.
An empire from its old foundations rent. --Dryden.
I will surely rend the kingdom from thee. --1 Kings xi. 11.
To rap and rend. See under Rap, v. t., to snatch.
Syn: -- To tear; burst; break; rupture; lacerate; fracture; crack; split.
v : tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to
bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips" [syn: rip,