Definitions of Riven

  1. of Rive
  2. p. p. & amp; a. from Rive.
  3. p. p. & a. from Rive.
  4. Of Rive; rent or burst asunder.

Usage examples for Riven

  1. Were the mountains to be riven with thunder, and the great deep to be thrown up by storm, he would not tremble. – China and the Chinese by Herbert Allen Giles
  2. He drifted on down the trail, which wound around huge fragments of rock riven from the cliffs in prehistoric days. – Sundown Slim by Henry Hubert Knibbs
  3. The descendant of the Kamehamehas said: The dead king was brought in royal state down the long, winding road that descends from the rim of the crater to the scorched and chasm- riven plain that lies between the 'Hale mau mau' and those beetling walls yonder in the distance. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  4. Its recovery had no doubt been effected partly by foreign aid, and in the struggle with the Magyars a dangerous obligation had been incurred towards Russia; but scarred and riven as the fabric was within, it was complete and imposing without. – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe
  5. Through the bewilderment of the running water on the panes she looked abroad on the tempest- riven sea- a slate- colored waste of hurrying waves with wind- swept streaks of foam on them- and on the lowering and ever- changing clouds. – Macleod of Dare by William Black
  6. Will not the fellowship be all the more riven if thou depart and we see thee no more? – The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris
  7. The lightning set fire to forests and towers, and floods poured from the riven clouds. – The Golden Age in Transylvania by Mór Jókai
  8. How could these two, betrothed to each other, not feel, though without coming to open dissension, that between them had flowed the inlet of water by which they had been riven asunder? – The Parisians, Book 11. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  9. From this fortress there were but few roads to the south of France available for troops, through the riven and rugged regions of the western Jura. – The Franco-German War of 1870-71 by Count Helmuth, von Moltke
  10. On many a headland, and in many a rocky bay, brigs, schooners, barques, and ships of large size and stout frame, were that day lifted and battered, rent, torn, riven, and split by the sea as if they had been toys; their great timbers snapped like pipe- stems, and their iron bars and copper bolts twisted and gnarled as if they had been made of wire. – The Lifeboat by R.M. Ballantyne
  11. Those who build without allowing for it find their well- constructed edifices riven as by an earthquake. – Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries by Annie Besant
  12. And the Shepherd found His sheep, and He returns across the hills singing the song of the triumph of grace- And up from the mountains, thunder- riven, And up from the rocky steep, A cry arose to the gates of heaven, 'Rejoice! – My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year by John Henry Jowett
  13. I'll steal a kiss though I be riven, Lado! – An Anthology of Jugoslav Poetry; Serbian Lyrics by Various
  14. At last on the eighth day we passed through a gorge riven in the red rock, which was so narrow in places that three horsemen could scarcely have ridden there abreast. – Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard
  15. Then he gave the riven banner To the old man's shaking hand, Saying- That is all I bring ye From the bravest of the land! – Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and Other Poems by W.E. Aytoun
  16. White solidarity was riven and shattered. – The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy by Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
  17. But all through the mountains, thunder- riven, And up from the rocky steep, There arose a glad cry to the height of heaven, Rejoice! – Memories of Childhood's Slavery Days by Annie L. Burton
  18. Leader in life, his lips, though dumb, Still rule us by their restfulness, their smile Of far- off meanings; and the people come In tributary hosts for many a mile, Drawn by an eloquence More solemn and intense Than that wherewith he shook The Senate, while his look Of sober lightning cleft the knotty growth Of error, that within the riven root Uplifted, lit with peace, truth's buds might shoot, And blow sweet breath o'er all, however loth! – Rose and Roof-Tree Poems by George Parsons Lathrop
  19. They fell, but they fell victorious, for the Rebel ranks were riven, And over our land united- one nation from sea to sea, Over the grave of Treason, over millions of men made free, Triumphant the flag of our fathers waves in the winds of heaven- Striped with the blood of her heroes she waves in the winds of heaven. – The Feast of the Virgins and Other Poems by H. L. Gordon
  20. The thunder- riven cloud, the lightning's leap, The stirring of the chambers of the deep; Earth's emerald green and many tinted dyes, The fleecy whiteness of the upper skies; The tread of armies thickening as they come. – The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts by George W. Holley