Rent. n.s. [from rend.] A break; a laceration.
Hast cancell'd kindred, made a rent in nature,
And through her holy bowels gnaw'd thy way,
Through thy own blood to empire. Dryden.
He who sees this vast rent in so high a rock, how the convex parts of one side exactly tally with the concave of the other, must be satisfied, that it was the effect of an earthquake. Addison's Remarks on Italy.