1) to rend, burst or break asunder, break up, break through
1a) to tear in pieces
1b) to break forth
1b1) into joy, of infants or dumb persons beginning to speak
1c) to distort, convulse
1c1) of a demon causing convulsions in a man possessed
1c2) to dash down, hurl to the ground (a common occurrence in cases of demon possession and epilepsy)
Part of Speech: verb
Both are prolonged forms of ῥήκω rhêko (which appears only in certain forms, and is itself probably a strengthened form of ἄγνυμι agnumi (see in G2608)); to "break", "wreck" or "crack", that is, (especially) to sunder (by separation of the parts; G2608 being its intensive (with the preposition in compounds), and G2352 a shattering to minute fragments; but not a reduction to the constituent particles, like G3089) or disrupt, lacerate; by implication to convulse (with spasms); figuratively to give vent to joyful emotions: - break (forth), burst, rend, tear.
|d throw into a fit||23.168|
|b begin to shout||33.85|
|c break forth with||68.81|
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