AskDefine | Define rend

Dictionary Definition

rend v : tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips" [syn: rip, rive, pull] [also: rent]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To separate into parts with force or sudden violence; to tear asunder; to split; to burst
    Powder rends a rock in blasting.
    Lightning rends an oak.
  2. To part or tear off forcibly; to take away by force.
  3. To be rent or torn; to become parted; to separate; to split.
    Relationships may rend if tempers flare.



  • lang=fr|/ʁɑ̃/
  • lang=fr|/RA~/



From a language, compare Croatian red.



Extensive Definition

Rend may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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