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rift

noun \ ˈrift \
|Updated on: 10 Jun 2018

Definition of rift

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

Examples of rift in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of rift from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of rift

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


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rift

verb

Definition of rift

rifted; rifting; rifts
: to burst open
1 : cleave, divide
  • hills were rifted by the earthquake
2 : penetrate

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First Known Use of rift

14th century

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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RIFT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of rift for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RIFT Defined for Kids

rift

noun \ ˈrift \

Definition of rift for Students

1 : an opening made by splitting or separation : cleft
  • a rift in the ice
2 : a break in friendly relations
  • A misunderstanding caused a rift within the family.


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