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rift 1

 (rĭft)
n.
1. A fissure, crack, or opening, as in rock.
2. A break in friendly relations: a rift between siblings.
3. Geology An area where the lithosphere is thinning, typically associated with large faults and grabens.
v. rift·ed, rift·ing, rifts
v.intr.
To split open; break.
v.tr.
To cause to split open or break.

[Middle English, of Scandinavian origin.]

rift 2

 (rĭft)
n.
1. A shallow area in a waterway.
2. The backwash of a wave that has broken upon a beach.

[Probably alteration of dialectal riff, reef, from Dutch rif, riffe; see reef1.]

rift

(rɪft)
n
1. a gap or space made by cleaving or splitting; fissure
2. (Geological Science) geology a long narrow zone of faulting resulting from tensional stress in the earth's crust
3. a gap between two cloud masses; break or chink: he saw the sun through a rift in the clouds.
4. a break in friendly relations between people, nations, etc
vb
to burst or cause to burst open; split
[C13: from Old Norse; related to Danish rift cleft, Icelandic ript breach of contract]

rift

(rɪft)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a shallow or rocky part in a stream
2. (Physical Geography) the backwash from a wave that has just broken
[C14: from Old Norse rypta; related to Icelandic ropa to belch]

rift

(rɪft)

n.
1. a fissure; cleft.
2. an open space or clear interval.
3. a break in friendly relations.
4. a cause of a break in friendly relations.
5. Geol. a fault.
v.t., v.i.
6. to burst open; split.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old Norse ript breaking of an agreement (compare Dan, Norwegian rift cleavage)]

rift

(rĭft)
1. A fault along the border of a rift valley.
2. A narrow break, crack, or other opening in a rock, usually made by cracking or splitting.

rift


Past participle: rifted
Gerund: rifting

Imperative
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rift
Present
I rift
you rift
he/she/it rifts
we rift
you rift
they rift
Preterite
I rifted
you rifted
he/she/it rifted
we rifted
you rifted
they rifted
Present Continuous
I am rifting
you are rifting
he/she/it is rifting
we are rifting
you are rifting
they are rifting
Present Perfect
I have rifted
you have rifted
he/she/it has rifted
we have rifted
you have rifted
they have rifted
Past Continuous
I was rifting
you were rifting
he/she/it was rifting
we were rifting
you were rifting
they were rifting
Past Perfect
I had rifted
you had rifted
he/she/it had rifted
we had rifted
you had rifted
they had rifted
Future
I will rift
you will rift
he/she/it will rift
we will rift
you will rift
they will rift
Future Perfect
I will have rifted
you will have rifted
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we will have rifted
you will have rifted
they will have rifted
Future Continuous
I will be rifting
you will be rifting
he/she/it will be rifting
we will be rifting
you will be rifting
they will be rifting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been rifting
you have been rifting
he/she/it has been rifting
we have been rifting
you have been rifting
they have been rifting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been rifting
you will have been rifting
he/she/it will have been rifting
we will have been rifting
you will have been rifting
they will have been rifting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been rifting
you had been rifting
he/she/it had been rifting
we had been rifting
you had been rifting
they had been rifting
Conditional
I would rift
you would rift
he/she/it would rift
we would rift
you would rift
they would rift
Past Conditional
I would have rifted
you would have rifted
he/she/it would have rifted
we would have rifted
you would have rifted
they would have rifted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rift - a gap between cloud massesrift - a gap between cloud masses; "the sun shone through a rift in the clouds"
opening, gap - an open or empty space in or between things; "there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall"
2.rift - a narrow fissure in rock
crack, scissure, cleft, crevice, fissure - a long narrow opening
3.rift - a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)rift - a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"
schism - the formal separation of a church into two churches or the withdrawal of one group over doctrinal differences
breakup, separation, detachment - coming apart

rift

noun
1. breach, difference, division, split, separation, falling out (informal), disagreement, quarrel, alienation, schism, estrangement They hope to heal the rift with their father.
2. split, opening, space, crack, gap, break, fault, breach, fracture, flaw, cleavage, cleft, chink, crevice, fissure, cranny In the open bog are many rifts and potholes.

rift

noun
1. A usually narrow partial opening caused by splitting and rupture:
2. An interruption in friendly relations:
verb
To crack or split into two or more fragments by means of or as a result of force, a blow, or strain:
Translations
تَصَدُّعشِق
prasklinarozportrhlina
kløftuoverensstemmelse
törés
ósætti, sundrungsprunga, skora
nesaskaņasplaisasprauga

rift

[rɪft] N
1. (= fissure) → grieta f, fisura f; (in clouds) → claro m
2. (fig) → ruptura f, desavenencia f; (in relations etc) → grieta f; (in political party) → escisión f, cisma m

rift

[ˈrɪft] n
(in ground, rock)fente f
(= disagreement) → désaccord m (= serious division) → dissension f
the rift between the government and the trade unions → le désaccord entre le gouvernement et les syndicats
the rifts within the country → les dissensions au sein du pays

rift

n
Spalt m
(fig: in friendship) → Riss m; (Pol) → Spalt m, → Riss m

rift

:
rift saw
n (Tech) → Gattersäge f
rift valley
nGrabenbruch m

rift

[rɪft] n (in family, between friends) → incrinatura (Pol) (in party) → spaccatura; (in rock, ground) → crepa, fessura; (in clouds) → squarcio

rift

(rift) noun
1. a split or crack.
2. a disagreement between friends.
References in classic literature ?
At a little distance stood a wooden church, black with age, and in a dismal state of ruin and decay, with broken windows, a great rift through the main body of the edifice, and a rafter dangling from the top of the square tower.
A few moments' scrambling brought them to the top of the ledge; the path then passed between a narrow defile, where only one could walk at a time, till suddenly they came to a rift or chasm more than a yard in breadth, and beyond which lay a pile of rocks, separate from the rest of the ledge, standing full thirty feet high, with its sides steep and perpendicular as those of a castle.
A terrible sorrow had fallen upon him when he had been happy and he had let his soul fill itself with blackness and had refused obstinately to allow any rift of light to pierce through.
Now we had come to a spot where there is a great rift of black rock, and the name of that rift is U'Donga-lu-ka- Tatiyana.
The heavens opened, and across the blue rift it hung in a glory of celestial fire, while from behind and above the clouds came a warbling as of innumerable larks.
The youth, peering once through a sud- den rift in a cloud, saw a brown mass of troops, interwoven and magnified until they appeared to be thousands.
This latter direction I at once established by means of a pocket-compass; then, pointing the glass as nearly at an angle of forty-one degrees of elevation as I could do it by guess, I moved it cautiously up or down, until my attention was arrested by a circular rift or opening in the foliage of a large tree that overtopped its fellows in the distance.
Pit and rift and blue pool-brim, Middle-Jungle follow him
Overhead, as he looked up through this rift in the wood, shone great golden stars looking unfamiliar and grouped in strange constellations.
On the contrary," said Holmes, "it is the brightest rift which I can at present see in the clouds.
But here again he was immediately fortunate, yet ultimately unfortunate, for it is said that one of the men was drowned, leaving a family feud which made a little rift in his popularity.
Once we passed far above what seemed to be a deep canyon-like rift stretching from the ice wall on the north across the valley as far as the eye could reach.