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ADJECTIVE (1)

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


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] The dreadful thunder Doth rend the region. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To part or tear off forcibly; to take away by force. [1913 Webster] An empire from its old foundations rent. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] I will surely rend the kingdom from thee. --1 Kings xi. 11. [1913 Webster] To rap and rend. See under Rap, v. t., to snatch. [1913 Webster] Syn: To tear; burst; break; rupture; lacerate; fracture; crack; split. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

rending adj 1: 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: rending, ripping, splitting]