from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To rend in pieces.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To rend in pieces; tear.
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And when he saw that he might not turn them by menaces ne by fair words, he did do strain and pain them in the torment of eculee and did all to-rend and break them with scourges and hooks of iron, and to cast in their wounds salt and vinegar, which entered in to their entrails.