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Rive, 1) tr. to split, to cleave, to rend: blunt wedges “r. hard knots,” Troil. I, 3, 316. “a bolt that should but r. an oak,” Cor. V, 3, 153. “when the scolding winds have --d the knotty oaks,” Caes. I, 3, 6. “Brutus hath --d my heart,” IV, 3, 85. “close pent-up guilts, r. your concealing continents,” Lr. III, 2, 58.
Hence applied to heavy discharges of artillery, which seem to burst the cannon: “to r. their dangerous artillery upon no Christian soul but English Talbot,” H6A IV, 2, 29.
2) intr. to be split: “when my heart, as wedged with a sigh, would r. in twain,” Troil. I, 1, 35. “the soul and body r. not more in parting than greatness going off,” Ant. IV, 13, 5.
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