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1rift

noun \ˈrift\

: 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
a :  fissure, crevasse
b :  fault 5
2
:  a clear space or interval

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

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

2rift

verb

Definition of RIFT

intransitive verb
:  to burst open
transitive verb
1
:  cleave, divide <hills were rifted by the earthquake>
2
:  penetrate

First Known Use of RIFT

14th century

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debouch Hear it
to emerge or cause to emerge
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