cleft

11 ENTRIES FOUND:

1cleft

noun \ˈkleft\

: a narrow space in the surface of something

: a narrow area that looks like a small dent in someone's chin

Full Definition of CLEFT

1
:  a space or opening made by or as if by splitting :  fissure
2
:  a usually V-shaped indented formation :  a hollow between ridges or protuberances <the anal cleft of the human body>

Examples of CLEFT

  1. The river begins as a trickle of water from a cleft in the rock.
  2. He has a distinctive cleft in his chin.

Origin of CLEFT

Middle English clift, from Old English geclyft; akin to Old English clēofan to cleave
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with CLEFT

2cleft

adjective

Definition of CLEFT

:  partially split or divided; specifically :  divided about halfway to the midrib <a cleft leaf>

Origin of CLEFT

Middle English, from past participle of cleven
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Botany Terms

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cleft

noun \ˈkleft\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CLEFT

1
: a usually abnormal fissure or opening especially when resulting from failure of parts to fuse during embryonic development
2
: a usually V-shaped indented formation : a hollow between ridges or protuberances <the anal cleft of the human body>
3
: the hollow space between the two branches of the frog or the frog and bars or between the bulbs of the heel of a horse's hoof
4
: a crack on the bend of the pastern of a horse
5
: a division of the cleft foot of an animal

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