The definition of a cleft is a space between two parts, an opening made by a split or a crack.
An example of a cleft is the crack along a fault line.
- an opening made by or as by cleaving; crack; crevice
- a hollow between two parts
Origin of cleftMiddle English clift from Old English an unverified form clyft from cleofan: see cleave
alt. pt. & pp. of cleave
- alt. pt. & pp. of cleave
- to insert (a scion) into the stock of a plant
- split; divided
- Bot. divided by one or more narrow spaces extending more than halfway to the midrib: said of leaves, as an oak leaf
A past tense and a past participle of cleave1
- Divided; split.
- Botany Having indentations that extend about halfway to the center, as in certain leaves.
- A crack, crevice, or split.
- A split or indentation between two parts, as of the chin.
Origin of cleftMiddle English past participle of cleven to split ; see cleave 1. N., from Middle English alteration ( influenced by cleft ) of clift from Old English geclyft ; see gleubh- in Indo-European roots.
- simple past tense and past participle of cleave