The definition of a rift is a crack or opening, a distance between people, or a shallow part of a waterway.noun
- An example of a rift is a separation between friends after a fight.
- An example of a rift is a shallow part of a river.
To rift is defined as to break or split open.verb
An example of to rift is to split apart pieces of wood.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- an opening caused by or as if by splitting; cleft; fissure
- an open break in a previously friendly relationship
- Geol. a large fault along which movement was mainly lateral
Origin: ME < Dan, fissure < rive, to tear < ON rifa: see rive
transitive verb, intransitive verb
Origin: ? var. of obs. riff, altered < reef
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- A narrow fissure in rock.
- A break in friendly relations: a rift between siblings.
Origin: Middle English, of Scandinavian origin.
- A shallow area in a waterway.
- The backwash of a wave that has broken upon a beach.
Origin: Probably alteration of dialectal riff, reef, from Dutch rif, riffe; see reef1.
rift - Science Definition
- A continental rift.
- A narrow break, crack, or other opening in a rock, usually made by cracking or splitting.
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