What does RIVE mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rend, rip, rive, pullverb

    tear or be torn violently

    "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips"

  2. cleave, split, riveverb

    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument

    "cleave the bone"


  1. rivenoun

    A place torn; a rent; a rift.

  2. riveverb

    To break apart; to split.

  3. riveverb

    To tear apart by force; to split; to cleave.

  4. riveverb

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

  5. riveverb

    To pierce or cleave with a weapon.

  6. Etymology: From riven, of origin, from rífa, from rīfanan, from (e)reip-. Cognate with Danish rive, Old Frisian riva, Old English aræfan, Old Norse ript, Norwegian rive. More at rift.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Rive

    for derive or direct.

    Ten thousand French have ta’en the sacrament,
    To rive their dangerous artillery
    Upon no christian soul but English Talbot. William Shakespeare.

  2. To RIVEverb

    part. riven. To split; to cleave; to divide by a blunt instrument; to force in disruption.

    Etymology: ryft , broken Saxon; rijven, Dutch; river, Fr. to drive.

    At his haughty helmet
    So hugely struck, that it the steel did rive,
    And cleft his head. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    The varlet at his plaint was grieved sore,
    That his deep wounded heart in two did rive. Fa. Queen.

    Through riven clouds and molten firmament,
    The fierce three-forked engine making way,
    Both lofty towers and highest trees hath rent. Fa. Queen.

    O Cicero!
    I have seen tempests, when the scolding winds
    Have riv’d the knotty oaks; but ne’er till now
    Did I go through a tempest dropping fire. William Shakespeare.

    As one he stood escap’d from cruel fight,
    Sore toil’d, his riven arms to havock hewn. John Milton.

    The neighbouring forests, formerly shaken and riven with the thunder-bolts of war, did envy the sweet peace of Druina. James Howell, Vocal Forest.

    Had I not been blind, I might have seen
    You riven oak, the fairest of the green. Dryden.

    Let it come;
    Let the fierce light’ning blast, the thunder rive me. Nicholas Rowe.

  3. To Riveverb

    To be split; to be divided by violence.

    Freestone rives, splits, and breaks in any direction. John Woodward.


  1. rive

    Rive is a verb which means to tear apart or split something forcibly. It can also refer to the act of engaging in a struggle or argument in a forceful or persistent way. It is often used in literary or historical contexts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Riveverb

    to rend asunder by force; to split; to cleave; as, to rive timber for rails or shingles

  2. Riveverb

    to be split or rent asunder

  3. Rivenoun

    a place torn; a rent; a rift

  4. Etymology: [Icel. rfa, akin to Sw. rifva to pull asunder, burst, tear, Dan. rive to rake, pluck, tear. Cf. Reef of land, Rifle a gun, Rift, Rivel.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rive

    rīv, v.t. to tear asunder: to split: to pierce: to explode.—v.i. to be split asunder:—pa.t. rīved; pa.p. rīved, riv′en.n. that which is torn. [Scand., Ice. rífa, to rive; Dut. rijven, Ger. reiben.]

  2. Rive

    rīv, n. a bank: shore.—v.i. to land.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. rive

    The sea-shore. Also, as a verb, to split wood.

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  1. vier

  2. vire

  3. veri

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of RIVE in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of RIVE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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