The definition of a rift is a crack or opening, a distance between people, or a shallow part of a waterway.(noun)
To rift is defined as to break or split open.(verb)
An example of to rift is to split apart pieces of wood.
See rift in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < Dan, fissure < rive, to tear < ON rifa: see rive
transitive verb, intransitive verb
Origin: ? var. of obs. riff, altered < reef
See rift in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , of Scandinavian origin.
Origin: Probably alteration of dialectal riff, reef
Origin: , from Dutch rif, riffe; see reef1.
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