cleft

  • 1 Cleft — Cleft, n. [OE. clift; cf. Sw. klyft cave, den, Icel. kluft cleft, Dan. kl[ o]ft, G. kluft. See {Cleave} to split and cf. 2d {Clift}, 1st {Clough}.] 1. A space or opening made by splitting; a crack; a crevice; as, the cleft of a rock. Is. ii. 21.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Cleft — Cleft, a. 1. Divided; split; partly divided or split. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Incised nearly to the midrib; as, a cleft leaf. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 cleft — (n.) 1570s, altered (by influence of cleft, new weak pp. of CLEAVE (Cf. cleave) (1)), from M.E. clift (early 14c.), from O.E. geclyft (adj.) split, cloven, from P.Gmc. *kluftis (Cf. O.H.G., Ger. kluft, Dan. klèft cleft ), from PIE *gleubh (see… …

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  • 4 cleft — cleft·ed; cleft; un·cleft; …

    English syllables

  • 5 cleft — past participle of CLEAVE(Cf. ↑cleave). ► ADJECTIVE ▪ split, divided, or partially divided into two. ► NOUN 1) a fissure or split in rock or the ground. 2) an indentation in a person s forehead or chin, or a hollow between two parts of the body.… …

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  • 6 Cleft — (kl[e^]ft), imp. & p. p. from {Cleave}. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 cleft — [adj] separated, split broken, cloven, cracked, crannied, crenelated, parted, perforated, pierced, rent, riven, ruptured, separated, sundered, torn; concept 490 Ant. joined, joint, united cleft [n] break, gap aperture, arroyo, breach, canyon,… …

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  • 8 cleft — index rift (gap), split Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 cleft — cleft, clefţi, s.m. (înv.) muntean grec liber; haiduc. Trimis de blaurb, 14.04.2006. Sursa: DAR …

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  • 10 cleft — n *crack, fissure, crevasse, crevice, cranny, chink Analogous words: split, rift, *breach: gap, *break, interruption …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 11 cleft — see cleave …

    Modern English usage

  • 12 cleft — cleft1 [kleft] n. [ME clift < OE * clyft < cleofan: see CLEAVE1] 1. an opening made by or as by cleaving; crack; crevice 2. a hollow between two parts cleft2 [kleft] vi. alt. pt. & pp. of CLEAVE1 …

    English World dictionary

  • 13 Cleft — A cleft is an opening, fissure, or V shaped indentation Cleft may refer to: Contents 1 Linguistics 2 Anatomy 3 Places …

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  • 14 cleft — [[t]kle̱ft[/t]] clefts 1) N COUNT A cleft in a rock or in the ground is a narrow opening in it. ...a narrow cleft in the rocks too small for humans to enter. Syn: fissure 2) N COUNT A cleft in someone s chin is a line down the middle of it. 3)… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 Cleft — Cleave Cleave (kl[=e]v), v. t. [imp. {Cleft} (kl[e^]ft), {Clave} (kl[=a]v, Obs.), {Clove} (kl[=o]v, Obsolescent); p. p. {Cleft}, {Cleaved} (kl[=e]vd) or {Cloven} (kl[=o] v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cleaving}.] [OE. cleoven, cleven, AS. cle[ o]fan;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 16 cleft — A fissure. anal c. SYN: intergluteal c.. branchial clefts a bilateral series of slitlike openings into the pharynx through which water is drawn by aquatic animals; in the walls of the clefts are the vascular gill filaments that …

    Medical dictionary

  • 17 cleft — cleft1 [kleft] n [: Old English; Origin: geclyft] 1.) a natural crack in something, especially the surface of rocks or the Earth etc 2.) an area on the chin or lip that goes slightly inwards cleft 2 cleft2 adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: CLEFT3] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 cleft — 1. noun 1) a deep cleft in the rocks Syn: split, slit, crack, fissure, crevice, rift, break, fracture, rent, breach 2) the cleft in his chin Syn: dimple 2. adjective …

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  • 19 cleft — I UK [kleft] / US noun [countable] Word forms cleft : singular cleft plural clefts a narrow space in the surface of something, for example in a rock or in someone s chin II UK [kleft] / US adjective divided by a narrow space • be in a cleft stick …

    English dictionary

  • 20 cleft — 1. adj. split, partly divided. Phrases and idioms: cleft palate a congenital split in the roof of the mouth. in a cleft stick in a difficult position, esp. one allowing neither retreat nor advance. Etymology: past part. of CLEAVE(1) 2. n. a split …

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