Pronunciation: (rīv),[key] —v.,rived, rived or riv•en, riv•ing.
—v.t. 1. to tear or rend apart: to rive meat from a bone. 2. to separate by striking; split; cleave.
3. to rend, harrow, or distress (the feelings, heart, etc.).
4. to split (wood) radially from a log.
—v.i. to become rent or split apart: stones that rive easily.