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v. rent (rĕnt) also rend·ed, rend·ing, rends
a. To tear or split apart or into pieces violently. See Synonyms at tear1.
b. To tear (one's garments or hair) in anguish or rage.
2. To pull away forcibly; wrest: rent the money from his hand.
a. To pull, split, or divide: "Chip was rent between the impulse to laugh wildly and a bitterness that threatened hot tears" (Louis Auchincloss).
b. To pierce or disturb with sound: a scream rent the silence.
c. To cause pain or distress to: tales that rend the heart.
To become torn or split; come apart: a hole where the seam rends.

[Middle English renden, from Old English rendan.]
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Adj.1.rending - resembling a sound of violent tearing as of something ripped apart or lightning splitting a tree; "the tree split with a great ripping sound"; "heard a rending roar as the crowd surged forward"
cacophonic, cacophonous - having an unpleasant sound; "as cacophonous as a henyard"- John McCarten
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References in classic literature ?
Thou who all mankind viewedst-- So God, as sheep--: The God TO REND within mankind, As the sheep in mankind, And in rending LAUGHING--
At the same moment there rose from the house a rending, crashing sound of woodwork, broken or thrown about, mixed with a quick scream so appalling that Adam, stout of heart as he undoubtedly was, felt his blood turn into ice.
In the next they heard a harsh tearing noise, as of something rending the silk, and the car seemed to sink from beneath the feet of our three aeronauts.