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
Examples of rift in a sentence
The fight will only widen the rift with his brother.
the rift in the rock
We could see some stars through the rifts in the clouds.
Scientists are studying the Mid-Atlantic Rift.
Origin and Etymology 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
First Known Use of rift
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