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cleft

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noun \ˈkleft\

Simple Definition of cleft

  • : a narrow space in the surface of something

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cleft

  1. 1 :  a space or opening made by or as if by splitting :  fissure

  2. 2 :  a usually V-shaped indented formation :  a hollow between ridges or protuberances <the anal cleft of the human body>

Examples of cleft in a sentence

  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


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cleft

adjective

Definition of cleft

  1. :  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


CLEFT Defined for Kids

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cleft

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noun \ˈkleft\

Definition of cleft for Students

  1. 1 :  a space or opening made by splitting or cracking :  crevice

  2. 2 :  1notch 1




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cleft

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adjective

Definition of cleft for Students

  1. :  partly split or divided




Medical Dictionary

cleft

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noun \ˈkleft\

Medical Definition of cleft

  1. 1:  a usually abnormal fissure or opening especially when resulting from failure of parts to fuse during embryonic development

  2. 2:  a usually V-shaped indented formation :  a hollow between ridges or protuberances <the anal cleft of the human body>

  3. 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. 4:  a crack on the bend of the pastern of a horse

  5. 5:  a division of the cleft foot of an animal

  6. 6:  synaptic cleft





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