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Adjective: rending  ren-ding
  1. Resembling a sound of violent tearing as of something ripped apart or lightning splitting a tree
    "heard a rending roar as the crowd surged forward";
    - ripping, splitting
Verb: rend (rent)  rend
  1. Tear or be torn violently
    "The curtain rent from top to bottom";
    - rip, rive [archaic], pull

See also: cacophonic, cacophonous

Type of: bust, rupture, snap, tear

Encyclopedia: Rend