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noun \ˈrift\

Definition of rift

  1. 1a :  fissure, crevasseb :  fault 5

  2. 2 :  a clear space or interval

  3. 3 :  breach, estrangement

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.

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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

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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

First Known Use of rift

14th century



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

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noun \ˈrift\

Definition of rift for Students

  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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