rend ( rends 3rd person present) ( rending present participle) ( rent past tense & past participle )
1 verb To rend something means to tear it.
LITERARY ...pain that rends the heart. V n
...a twisted urge to rend and tear. V
2 verb If a loud sound rends the air, it is sudden and violent.
LITERARY He bellows, rends the air with anguish. V n
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
1 break, burst, cleave, crack, dissever, disturb, divide, fracture, lacerate, pierce, pull, rip, rive, rupture, separate, sever, shatter, smash, splinter, split, sunder (literary) tear, tear to pieces, wrench
2 afflict, anguish, break, distress, hurt, lacerate, pain, pierce, stab, torment, wound, wring
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