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.
    Rending of garments for shiva is a Jewish tradition.

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