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rift

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noun \ˈrift\

Simple Definition of rift

  • : a situation in which two people, groups, etc., no longer have a friendly relationship

  • : a deep crack or opening in the ground, a rock, etc.

  • geology : a break in the Earth's crust

Full Definition of rift

  1. 1 a :  fissure, crevasse b :  fault 5

  2. 2 :  a clear space or interval

  3. 3 :  breach, estrangement

Examples of rift

  1. The fight will only widen the rift with his brother.

  2. the rift in the rock

  3. We could see some stars through the rifts in the clouds.

  4. Scientists are studying the Mid-Atlantic Rift.



Origin of rift

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Dan & Norwegian rift fissure, Old Norse rīfa to rive — more at rive


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with rift


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rift

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Definition of rift

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to burst open

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  cleave, divide <hills were rifted by the earthquake>

  5. 2 :  penetrate



14th Century

First Known Use of rift

14th century



RIFT Defined for Kids

rift

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noun \ˈrift\

Definition of rift

  1. 1 :  an opening made by splitting or separation :  cleft <a rift in the ice>

  2. 2 :  a break in friendly relations <A misunderstanding caused a rift within the family.>





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