Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Rend \Rend\, v. i.
To be rent or torn; to become parted; to separate; to split.
Rend \Rend\ (r[e^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rent (r[e^]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[ae]na to rob, plunder, Ir. rannaim to divide, share, part, W. rhanu, Armor. ranna.]
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.
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.
--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.
vb. 1 (context transitive English) To separate into parts with force or sudden violence; to tear asunder; to split; to burst 2 (context transitive English) To part or tear off forcibly; to take away by force. 3 (context intransitive English) To be rent or torn; to become parted; to separate; to split.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English rendan, hrendan "to tear, cut down," from West Germanic *randijan (cognates: Old Frisian renda "to cut, break," Middle Low German rende "anything broken," German Rinde "bark, crust"), probably related to rind. Related: Rended; rent; rending.
Rend may refer to:
- Rend, Iran
- Rend River
- Rend Lake
Usage examples of "rend".
Then the old woman rendring out like sighes, began to speake in this sort : My daughter take a good heart unto you, and bee not afeared at feigned and strange visions and dreams, for as the visions of the day are accounted false and untrue, so the visions of the night doe often change contrary.
He names a fourth of what Alem and I will pay for rent for a month in our new flat.
Hiawatha Smote amain the hollow oak-tree, Rent it into shreds and splinters, Left it lying there in fragments.
I had no care upon my mind, for my small fortune, along with the rent of my field, was more than sufficient for my maintenance in the almost anchoretic seclusion in which I intended to live, and hence I had every advantage for the more definite projection and prosecution of a work which had been gradually shaping itself in my mind for months past.
Rostov threw his cloak over his shoulders, shouted to Lavrushka to follow with the things, and- now slipping in the mud, now splashing right through it- set off with Ilyin in the lessening rain and the darkness that was occasionally rent by distant lightning.
Private investigators, shady operators like the Boston realtor and the Campbell who had listed Auk House for sale or rent.
And the three-and-six he got for the shift had to go for the rent, not even twopence for baccy, let alone a pint.
I embraced her, promised to get back what her landlord had seized for rent, and then begged her to go to bed, as she was in need of rest.
Suddenly it seemed to burst, gaps appeared, a rending sped from end to end, betokening a complete break-up.
I was a comparatively sane bibliomaniac, but to Allen the time came when he grudged every penny that he did not spend on rare books, and when he actually gave up his share of the water we used to take together, that his contribution to the rent might go for rare editions and bindings.
Secondary explosions rent the air long seconds after the last bomblets fell, sending black smoke boiling above the fueled and armed aircraft parked by the tower, from a storage hangar, and from a large fuel tank nearby.
A place like the bordello would just reduce the rent on your room for their share.
Citizen Boyne, of course, was carefully opening every seam with graceful rending motions, miming great smooth effort of the biceps and trapezius.
In the eighth second of the cavitation, billowing shock waves, aflame, gave the rent Moon the appearance of a burning bush in space.
A very slight acquaintance with them excites amazement that cess, rent, or anything else can be extracted from the utterly wretched cabins looking on the broad Atlantic.