cleave, split, rive

(verb) separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument; “cleave the bone”

rend, rip, rive, pull

(verb) tear or be torn violently; “The curtain ripped from top to bottom”; “pull the cooked chicken into strips”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


rive (third-person singular simple present rives, present participle riving, simple past rove or rived, past participle riven or rived)

(transitive, archaic except in past participle) To tear apart by force; to rend; to split; to cleave.

(transitive, archaic) To pierce or cleave with a weapon.

(intransitive) To break apart; to split.

(transitive, rare) To burst open; explode; discharge.

(woodworking) To use a technique of splitting or sawing wood radially from a log (e.g. clapboards).


• (to rend asunder): cleave, rend, split


rive (plural rives)

A place torn; a rent; a rift.


• (a place torn): rent, rift

Etymology 2


rive (plural rives)

A bank or shore.



To land.


• Iver, iver, vier, vire

Source: Wiktionary

Rive, v. t. [imp. Rived; p. p. Rived or Riven (; p. pr. & vb. n. Riving.] Etym: [Icel. rifa, akin to Sw. rifva to pull asunder, burst, tear, Dan. rive to rake, pluck, tear. Cf. Reef of land, Rifle a gun, Rift, Rivel.]

Definition: 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.

Definition: To be split or rent asunder. Freestone rives, splits, and breaks in any direction. Woodward.

Rive, n.

Definition: A place torn; a rent; a rift. [Prov. Eng.]

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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