Rip, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ripped p. pr. & vb. n. Ripping.]
1. To divide or separate the parts of, by cutting or tearing; to tear or cut open or off; to tear off or out by violence; as, to rip a garment by cutting the stitches; to rip off the skin of a beast; to rip up a floor; -- commonly used with up, open, off.
2. To get by, or as by, cutting or tearing.
He 'll rip the fatal secret from her heart. --Granville.
3. To tear up for search or disclosure, or for alteration; to search to the bottom; to discover; to disclose; -- usually with up.
They ripped up all that had been done from the beginning of the rebellion. --Clarendon.
For brethern to debate and rip up their falling out in the ear of a common enemy . . . is neither wise nor comely. --Milton.
4. To saw (wood) lengthwise of the grain or fiber.
Ripping chisel Carp., a crooked chisel for cleaning out mortises. --Knight.
Ripping iron. Shipbuilding Same as Ravehook.
Ripping saw. Carp. See Ripsaw.
To rip out, to rap out, to utter hastily and violently; as, to rip out an oath. [Colloq.] See To rap out, under Rap, v. t.
n 1: a dissolute man in fashionable society [syn: rake, profligate,
2: an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; "there was a
rip in his pants"; "she had snags in her stockings" [syn:
rent, snag, split, tear]
3: a stretch of turbulent water in a river or the sea caused by
one current flowing into or across another current [syn: riptide,
tide rip, crosscurrent, countercurrent]
4: the act of rending or ripping or splitting something; "he
gave the envelope a vigorous rip" [syn: rent, split]
v 1: tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to
bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips" [syn: rend,
2: move precipitously or violently; "The tornado ripped along
3: cut (wood) along the grain
4: criticize or abuse strongly and violently; "The candidate
ripped into his opponent mercilessly"
[also: ripping, ripped]