Rive v. t. [imp. Rived p. p. Rived or Riven p. pr. & vb. n. Riving.] To rend asunder by force; to split; to cleave; as, to rive timber for rails or shingles.
I shall ryve him through the sides twain. --Chaucer.
The scolding winds have rived the knotty oaks. --Shak.
Brutus hath rived my heart. --Shak.
Rive, v. i. To be split or rent asunder.
Freestone rives, splits, and breaks in any direction. --Woodward.
Rive, n. A place torn; a rent; a rift. [Prov. Eng.]
v 1: tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to
bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips" [syn: rend,
2: separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument;
"cleave the bone" [syn: cleave, split]