• WordNet 3.6
    • v rend tear or be torn violently "The curtain ripped from top to bottom","pull the cooked chicken into strips"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Rend To be rent or torn; to become parted; to separate; to split.
    • Rend To part or tear off forcibly; to take away by force. "An empire from its old foundations rent .""I will surely rend the kingdom from thee."
    • Rend 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rend To separate into parts with force or sudden violence; tear asunder; split.
    • rend To remove or pluck away with violence; tear away.
    • rend Synonyms Rip, Tear, Rend, Split, Cleave, Fracture, Chop. In garments we rip along the line at which they were sewed; we tear the texture of the cloth; we say, “It is not torn; it is only ripped.” More broadly, rip, especially with up, stands for a cutting open or apart with a quick, deep stroke: as, to rip up a body or a sack of meal. Rend implies great force or violence. To split is primarily to divide lengthwise or by the grain: as, to split wood. Cleave may be a more dignified word for split, or it may express a cutting apart by a straight, heavy stroke. Fracture may represent the next degree beyond cracking, the lightest kind of breaking, leaving the parts in place: as, a fractured bone or plate of glass; or it may be a more formal word for break. To chop is to cut apart with a heavy stroke, which is generally across the grain or natural cleavage, or through the narrow dimension of the material: chopping wood is thus distinguished from splitting wood.
    • rend To be or to become rent or torn; become disunited; split; part asunder.
    • rend To cause separation, division, or strife.
    • rend An obsolete variant of ren.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Rend rend to tear asunder with force: to split: to tear away
    • v.i Rend to become torn: pa.t. and pa.p. rent
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    “In every pang that rends the heart the Man of Sorrows has a part.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. rendan, hrendan,; cf. OFries. renda, randa, Fries. renne, to cut, rend, Icel. hrinda, to push, thrust, AS. hrindan,; or cf. Icel. ræna, to rob, plunder, Ir. rannaim, to divide, share, part, W. rhanu, Armor. ranna,


In literature:

Boreas and Caecias and Argestes loud ... rend the woods, and seas upturn.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Look that he leap not on the maid new-risen From her sea-bath and rend her dainty limbs.
"Theocritus" by Theocritus
I thought it fascinating, thrilling, heart-rending!
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
And at that, another thought pierced her keen as a dagger, rending its way through living tissues.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
But Wilson's agony was rending her.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
From the forest rose a continuous rending crash.
"The Mississippi Bubble" by Emerson Hough
I will rend away from your soul the last hope.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
E'er since we knew thee who thou art, we mourn Exceedingly with cries that rend the sky.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
Loud bays Garm before the Gnupa-cave, his bonds he rends asunder; and the wolf runs.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
It was too heart-rending.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley

In poetry:

Then spake the sweetling Signy
As the tears fast down her cheek did fall:
“O rend it asunder, Hafbur,
That gift to thee I give withal.”
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
"He fell in battle,--I see, alas!
Thou'dst smooth these tidings o'er,--
Nay, speak the truth, whatever it be,
Though it rend my bosom's core.
"The Aged Stranger" by Francis Bret Harte
Then she wrung her hands in wild despair,
Until her cries did rend the air;
And she cried, 'Edwin, dear, hard is out lot,
But I'll name this flower Forget-me-not.
"Forget-Me-Not" by William Topaz McGonagall
As the sea in the strait sea-caves,
The sound came straitened and strange;
A noise of the rending of graves,
A tidal thunder of waves,
The music of death and of change.
"Tenebrae" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
One cried: 'The wounds are faithful of a friend:
The wilderness shall blossom as a rose.'—
One answered: 'Rend the veil, declare the end,
Strengthen her ere she goes.'
"From House To House" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
In search of repose
From my heart-rending woes,
Oh, where shall my sad spirit flee?
The earth's smiling face,
With its sweet youthful grace,
A tomb must, alas, be for me!
"The Fugitive" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

How exquisite is thy rending, how blissful the release.
John Still's posthumous novel ' heart-rending .
Heart-Rending Discoveries as Digging Continues in Lower Manhattan.
Rende second, low pro in Open.
Rend Collective's Creative Videos.
KRISTI LEIGH — We've been playing Rend Collective Experiment's new song "Second Chance" lately on WJTL.
Courtroom artist's rending of US Army soldier Bales during his Article 32 military proceedings at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington.
Southern Illinois Art and Artisan Center, Rend Lake, IL.
Artist rending of Downtown baseball stadium.
He credits Rend Lake College as the place where he realized his potential.
Rend Collective Experiment is an eclectic mix of faith, sound.
The Rend Lake College Warriors are 5-0 overall and 2-0 against Region XXIV opponents after beating the Lincoln Land Community College Loggers, 47-36, Tuesday night at home.
Jim Leuty, Rend Lake College Foundation Director, received the Rend Lake College Foundation Presidential Award during the RLCF Annual Dinner Meeting Thursday evening at the Mt Vernon Holiday Inn.
The rending of the garment district.

In science:

Vaezpour: Efficacy of Cones on Topological Vector Spaces and Application to Common Fixed Points of Multifunctions, Rend.
A gap in the paper "A note on cone metric fixed point theory and its equivalence" [Nonlinear Anal. 72(5), (2010), 2259-2261]
Levi-Civita: Interpretazione gruppale degli integrali di un sistema canonico, Rend.
A Translation of the T. Levi-Civita paper: Interpretazione Gruppale degli Integrali di un Sistema Canonico Rend. Acc. Lincei, s. 3^a, vol. VII, 2^o sem. 1899, pp. 235--238
Naveira, A classification of Riemannian almost product manifolds, Rend.
Curvature Properties of Two Naveira Classes of Riemannian Product Manifolds
Urba´nski, Double vector bundles in classical mechanics, Rend.
Ez az eredm´eny j´ol egyez´esben ´all a (7.21) egyhurok-rend˝u perturbat´ıv eredm´ennyel.
Az elektrogyenge f\'azis\'atmenet (The electroweak phase transition)