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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.]

  1. 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.

  2. 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.


n. The act by which something is rent, or torn. vb. (present participle of rend English)


adj. resembling a sound of violent tearing as of something ripped apart or lightning splitting a tree; "the tree split with a great ripping sound"; "heard a rending roar as the crowd surged forward" [syn: ripping, splitting]

Usage examples of "rending".

The big vessel lurched and rending sounds echoed through the fabric of its hull as the jammed connectors tore out, like roots parting in the earth.

Hauling the head away from Jilamey's body, he began to batter the snake with his other handpaw, his claws rending the thick scales as if they were no more than cotton.

He ran, ex pecting momentarily to feel the wherry talons rending his flesh.

It was a four-legged bird with a curved, rending beak and eyes bright with an intelligence more alien than an elf's.

Better to risk the water than attempt passage through those rending thorns.

It sprung, impossibly quick, its massive hands arched into rending talons.

Shakti's boat had docked at the island's only good landing site: a tiny cove unmarred by the sharp and rending rocks that surrounded the rest of the island.

Liriel and Fyodor were thrown into a whirlpool of splintering wood and rending water.

The bright cloth caught on the barbs of the ballista, rending from midsail to lower beam.

They fell into battle with vicious delight, attacking the humans with their slashing talons, rending jaws, and stolen weapons.

But the Rashemi warrior was faster still, falling upon the fish-men with rending claws and slashing fangs.

Mighty cracks and crevasses formed, the ice rending and splitting, the whole of it sliding forward at a rate never before experienced by the mass.

The belt strap fastened to the jam stopped him from plunging downward, though Vulgs below raved and leapt upward at the dangling Elf, trying to reach him, abandoning their rending of the packs.

Rūcks stood back and jeered, blood slathering down their arms as they plunged their grasping hands into the carcasses of slain horses, rending and wrenching free dangling gobbets of raw meat, gore oozing.

His hands trembling with eagerness, he set the blade in the shrieking damman's clothes, slicing upward, rending the cloth from her.