AskDefine | Define rive

Dictionary Definition

rive

Verb

1 tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips" [syn: rend, rip, pull]
2 separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument; "cleave the bone" [syn: cleave, split] [also: riven]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Old Norse rífa

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To rend asunder by force; to split; to cleave; as, to rive timber for rails or shingles.
  2. To be split or rent asunder.

See also

Noun

  1. A place torn; a rent; a rift.

Danish

Etymology 1

Old Norse hrífa

Noun

rive

Etymology 2

Old Norse rífa

Verb

rive

French

Etymology

Latin ripa

Pronunciation

  • /ʁiv/
  • /Riv/

Noun

rive f (Plural: rives)
  1. bank (of a river)

Italian

Noun

rive
  1. Plural of riva

Extensive Definition

Rive may refer to:
rive in German: Rive
rive in French: Rive
rive in Italian: Rive

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

amputate, ax, bisect, breach, break, broach, butcher, carve, check, chink, chop, cleave, crack, crevasse, cut, cut apart, cut away, cut in two, cut off, cut open, dichotomize, dispart, dissever, ditch, divaricate, divide, excise, fissure, fly open, fracture, furrow, gap, gash, groove, hack, halve, hew, incise, jigsaw, lance, lay open, ope, open, open up, pare, part, prune, rend, rent, rift, rip, rupture, saw, scissor, separate, sever, slash, slice, slit, slot, snip, split, spread, spread out, spring open, sunder, swing open, tap, tear, tear open, throw open, trench, whittle
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