Definitions for: Rend

[v] tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips"

Webster (1913) Definition: Rend (r[e^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rent (r?nt); p. pr.
& vb. n. Rending.] [AS. rendan, hrendan; cf. OFries. renda,
randa, Fries. renne to cut, rend, Icel. hrinda to push,
thrust, AS. hrindan; or cf. Icel. r?na to rob, plunder, Ir.
rannaim to divide, share, part, W. rhanu, Armor. ranna.]
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.

Rend, v. i.
To be rent or torn; to become parted; to separate; to split.
--Jer. Taylor.

Synonyms: pull, rip, rive

See Also: bust, rupture, snap, tear

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