Rip, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Ripped (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Ripping.] [Cf. AS. rȳpan, also Sw. repa to
ripple flax, D. repelen, G. reffen, riffeln, and
E. raff, raffle. Cf. Raff, Ripple of
flax.] 1. To divide or separate the parts of, by
cutting or tearing; to tear or cut open or off; to tear off or out by
violence; as, to rip a garment by cutting the stitches; to
rip off the skin of a beast; to rip up a floor; --
commonly used with up, open, off.
2. To get by, or as by, cutting or
He 'll rip the fatal secret from her
3. To tear up for search or disclosure, or for
alteration; to search to the bottom; to discover; to disclose; --
usually with up.
They ripped up all that had been done from the
beginning of the rebellion. Clarendon.
For brethern to debate and rip up their falling
out in the ear of a common enemy . . . is neither wise nor
4. To saw (wood) lengthwise of the grain or
Ripping chisel (Carp.), a crooked
chisel for cleaning out mortises. Knight. --
Ripping iron. (Shipbuilding) Same as
Ravehook. -- Ripping saw. (Carp.)
See Ripsaw. -- To rip out, to
rap out, to utter hastily and violently; as, to rip out an
oath. [Colloq.] See To rap out, under Rap,
Rip (?), n. [Cf. Icel. hrip a box
or basket; perhaps akin to E. corb. Cf. Ripier.] A
wicker fish basket.
Rip, n. 1. A rent
made by ripping, esp. by a seam giving way; a tear; a place torn;
2. [Perh. a corruption of the first syllable of
reprobate.] A term applied to a mean, worthless thing or
person, as to a scamp, a debauchee, or a prostitute, or a worn-out
3. A body of water made rough by the meeting
of opposing tides or currents.