Cleft meaning

klĕft
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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.

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A crack, crevice, or split.
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A split or indentation between two parts, as of the chin.
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An opening made by or as by cleaving; crack; crevice.
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Divided; split.
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Having indentations that extend about halfway to the center, as in certain leaves.
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A hollow between two parts.
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To insert (a scion) into the stock of a plant.
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Split; divided.
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Divided by one or more narrow spaces extending more than halfway to the midrib.
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An opening, fissure, or V-shaped indentation made by or as if by splitting.
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A piece made by splitting.

A cleft of wood.

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A disease of horses; a crack on the band of the pastern.
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Simple past tense and past participle of cleave.
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Origin of cleft

  • Middle English past participle of cleven to split cleave1 N., from Middle English alteration (influenced by cleft) of clift from Old English geclyft gleubh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English clift; compare Swedish klyft (“cave, den”) cave, den, German Kluft. See cleave.

    From Wiktionary