Pronunciation: (rīv), [key]
—v., rived, rived or riv•en, riv•ing.
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.
to become rent or split apart: stones that rive easily.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.