rip

Definitions

  • Rip Saw Teeth
    Rip Saw Teeth
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rip criticize or abuse strongly and violently "The candidate ripped into his opponent mercilessly"
    • v rip tear or be torn violently "The curtain ripped from top to bottom","pull the cooked chicken into strips"
    • v rip cut (wood) along the grain
    • v rip move precipitously or violently "The tornado ripped along the coast"
    • n rip the act of rending or ripping or splitting something "he gave the envelope a vigorous rip"
    • n rip a stretch of turbulent water in a river or the sea caused by one current flowing into or across another current
    • n rip an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart "there was a rip in his pants","she had snags in her stockings"
    • n rip a dissolute man in fashionable society
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Rip-Sawing on a Horse Rip-Sawing on a Horse
Rip-sawing with Wood Held in Bench-Vise Rip-sawing with Wood Held in Bench-Vise
"AND THEN THERE CAME A RIPPING SOUND" "AND THEN THERE CAME A RIPPING SOUND"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the males head off
    • Rip A body of water made rough by the meeting of opposing tides or currents.
    • Rip A rent made by ripping, esp. by a seam giving way; a tear; a place torn; laceration.
    • Rip A term applied to a mean, worthless thing or person, as to a scamp, a debauchee, or a prostitute, or a worn-out horse.
    • n Rip A wicker fish basket.
    • Rip To divide or separate the parts of, by cutting or tearing; to tear or cut open or off; to tear off or out by violence; as, to rip a garment by cutting the stitches; to rip off the skin of a beast; to rip up a floor; -- commonly used with up open off.
    • Rip To get by, or as by, cutting or tearing. "He 'll rip the fatal secret from her heart."
    • Rip To saw (wood) lengthwise of the grain or fiber.
    • Rip To tear up for search or disclosure, or for alteration; to search to the bottom; to discover; to disclose; -- usually with up. "They ripped up all that had been done from the beginning of the rebellion.""For brethern to debate and rip up their falling out in the ear of a common enemy . . . is neither wise nor comely."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It only takes 7 lbs of pressure to rip off your ears.
    • rip To separate or divide the parts of by cutting or tearing; tear or cut open or off; split: as, to rip open a sack; to rip off the shingles of a roof; to rip up the belly; especially, to undo (a seam, as of a garment), either by cutting the threads of it or by pulling the two pieces of material apart, so that the sewing-thread is drawn out or broken.
    • rip To drag or force out or away, as by cutting or rending.
    • rip Figuratively, to open or reopen for search or disclosure; lay bare; search out and disclose: usually with up. See ripe.
    • rip To saw (wood) in the direction of the grain. See rip-saw.
    • rip To rob; pillage; plunder.
    • rip Synonyms Tear, Cleave, etc. See rend.
    • rip To be torn or split open; open or part: as, a seam rips by the breaking or drawing out of the threads; the ripping of a boiler at the seams.
    • rip To rush or drive headlong or with violence. [Colloq.]
    • n rip A rent made by ripping or tearing; a laceration; the place so ripped.
    • n rip A rip-saw.
    • n rip A wicker basket in which to carry fish.
    • rip To break forth with violence; explode: with out.
    • rip To utter with sudden violence; give vent to, as an oath: with out.
    • n rip A vicious, reckless, and worthless person; a “bad lot”: applied to a man or woman of vicious practices or propensities, and more or less worn by dissipation.
    • n rip A worthless or vicious animal, as a horse or a mule.
    • rip A dialectal form of reap. Halliwell.
    • n rip A handful of grain not thrashed.
    • n rip A ridge of water; a rapid.
    • n rip A little wave; a ripple; especially, in the plural, ripples or waves formed over a bar or ledge, as when the wind and tide are opposed.
    • n rip An implement for sharpening a scythe. Compare rifle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Boredom can lead to madness in parrots. When caged by themselves and neglected for long periods of time, these intelligent, sociable birds can easily become mentally ill. Many inflict wounds upon themselves, develop strange tics, and rip out their own feathers. The birds need constant interaction, affection, and mental stimulation; some bird authorities have determined that some parrot breeds have the mental abilities of a 5-year-old human child. Should a neglected parrot go mad, there is little that can be done to restore it to normalcy. In England, there are "mental institutions" for such unfortunate creatures.
    • v.t Rip rip to divide by cutting or tearing: to cut open: to take out by cutting or tearing: to tear up for search or alteration: to explode, give vent to
    • v.i Rip to break out violently
    • v.t Rip to utter violently (with out):—pr.p. rip′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. ripped
    • n Rip a tear: a rent: a place torn:
    • n Rip rip (Scot.) a handful of grain not thrashed.
    • n Rip (slang) a vicious person: a worthless horse: a ripple
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Idioms

Rip van Winkle - Rip van Winkle is a character in a story who slept for twenty years, so if someone is a Rip van Winkle, they are behind the times and out of touch with what's happening now.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. AS. rȳpan, also Sw. repa, to ripple flax, D. repelen, G. reffen, riffeln, and E. raff, raffle,. Cf. Raff Ripple of flax

Usage

In literature:

Fust you takes orf their gloves an' boots, then you undoes their stays an' rips open their dresses at the necks.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
Always rip, or, if you cannot rip, cut the clothes from the injured part.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
His clothes were dirty and ripped from the knock-downs, and a button was torn off his coat.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
Here, then, poor Rip was brought to a stand.
"The Literary World Seventh Reader" by Various
He exploded, clawing, raking my shoulder with talons that ripped the rough cloth like paper.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Why you're Rip Van Winkle in a petticoat!
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 118, August, 1887" by Various
We could hear them ripping along with a sound like a trolley on a track, and then there would be a fearful crash.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
Jack, they'll rip holes into you for robbing them of a kind father.
"Jack Haydon's Quest" by John Finnemore
VON B. Ah, yes, that's all right, Rip, very funny, very funny; but what do you say to a glass of liquor, Rip?
"Standard Selections" by Various
Canoes would be ripped into shingles if they ran the ice jam of spring.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
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In poetry:

God is round us everywhere—
Sees the scythe glitter and rip;
Watches baby gone somewhere;
Sees how mother's fingers skip!
"Cottage-Songs" by George MacDonald
They let her slip by the breathing rip,
Where the bell is never still,
And over the sounding harbour bar,
And under the harbour hill.
"The Nancy's Pride" by Bliss William Carman
When in the usual place for rips
Our gloves are stitched with special care,
And guarded well the whalebone tips
Where first umbrellas need repair,--
"Latter-Day Warnings" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"And where those villains ripped me in the flitch
With their old iron in my early time,
I'm apt at change of wind to feel a twitch,
Or at a change of clime.
"The Colonel's Soliloquy" by Thomas Hardy
No more shall we muster the river for fats,
Or spiel on the Fifteen-mile plain,
Or rip through the scrub by the light of the moon,
Or see the old stockyard again.
"The Broken - Down Squatter" by Anonymous Oceania
And once when camping near a foaming rip,
Lying wide-eyed beneath the milky stars,
Sudden I heard her voice ring sweet and clear,
Calling my soul beyond the river bars.
"Miss Pixie" by Lloyd Roberts

In news:

A Washington man was arrested Monday on charges that he ripped the claws out of two weeks-old kittens at his home earlier this year--an incident that one official is calling one of the worst cases of animal cruelty he's ever seen.
A formidable predator that can rip its prey to pieces.
I'm speaking of Steve Ogden, who ripped into Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and his own Senate colleagues this week in a speech in College Station.
The Salem hardcore band offers gut-ripping thrash, brain-clawing bleakness, technical might.
Here are the two great campaign mysteries at midsummer: Why does Mitt Romney appear to be getting so much traction from ripping a few of President Obama's words out of context.
Jerk rips gold chain from man's neck.
Heavy rain, high winds and golf ball -sized hail ripped through Findlay Wednesday evening.
Heavy rain, high winds and golf ball-sized hail ripped through Findlay Wednesday evening.
RIP Goober and the Skell Diner.
Conan O'Brien made his much-anticipated appearance on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' last night and they wasted little time before ripping on Jay Leno.
If you have ever been curious about what a man's cheek looks like as it's ripped apart by a bullet, wonder no more.
Hard Times Cut Into Free Labor by Convicts Who Mop Town Hall, Rip Out Beaver Dams.
"Whales at the Rip," Anthony Benton Gude 's large seascape, is dominated by dramatic clouds in front of a full moon, a glistening rip current and two whales blowing like semi-submerged steamboats.
After they brought back the old Hillmen tradition in the summer, they ripped off 10 straight wins in the regular season.
We are going to rip the lid off the pork panic at NPR's business news.
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In science:

We refer to this test as RIPS (Random Inner Product in a Sphere).
Random Distance Distribution for Spherical Objects: General Theory and Applications to n-Dimensional Physics
Keywords: Simple connectivity at infinity, quasi-isometry, colored Rips complex, Lie groups, geometric 3-manifolds.
A refinement of the simple connectivity at infinity of groups
One of the most important ingredients of Sela’s solution to the isomorphism problem is the decidability of equations over free groups proved by Makanin and Razborov , and extended by Rips and Sela to torsion-free word hyperbolic groups.
Isomorphism problem for finitely generated fully residually free groups
The effects of gravitational back-reactions can also counteract that of phantom energy and can become large enough to terminate the phantom dominated phase before the big rip .
Generalized second law in phantom dominated universe
Using our arguments we can only claim that in the period 1 < x < r, (in an interval before the big rip)the GSL holds.
Generalized second law in phantom dominated universe
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