Rift definition

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A break in friendly relations.

A rift between siblings.

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A fissure, crack, or opening, as in rock.
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To split open; break.
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(obsolete except Scotland and northern UK) To belch.
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The definition of a rift is a crack or opening, a distance between people, or a shallow part of a waterway.

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.

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To rift is defined as to break or split open.

An example of to rift is to split apart pieces of wood.

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To cause to split open or break.
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A shallow area in a waterway.
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The backwash of a wave that has broken upon a beach.
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An opening caused by or as if by splitting; cleft; fissure.
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An open break in a previously friendly relationship.
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(geol.) A large fault along which tectonic movement was mainly lateral.
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To burst open; split.
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A shallow, often rocky place in a stream, forming rapids.
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A continental rift.
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A narrow break, crack, or other opening in a rock, usually made by cracking or splitting.
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A chasm or fissure.

My marriage is in trouble, the fight created a rift between us and we can't reconnect.

The Grand Canyon is a rift in the Earth's surface, but is smaller than some of the undersea ones.

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A break in the clouds, fog, mist etc., which allows light through.
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A shallow place in a stream; a ford.
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(intransitive) To form a rift.
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(obsolete) Past participle of rive.

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(geology) An area where the lithosphere is thinning, typically associated with large faults and grabens.
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To cleave; to rive; to split.

To rift an oak.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rift
Plural:
rifts

Origin of rift

  • Probably alteration of dialectal riff reef from Dutch rif, riffe reef1

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

  • Middle English of Scandinavian origin

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

  • Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish/Norwegian rift 'breach', Old Norse rífa 'to tear'. More at rive.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old Norse rypta.

    From Wiktionary