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cleft

 (klĕft)
v.
A past tense and a past participle of cleave1.
adj.
1. Divided; split.
2. Botany Having indentations that extend about halfway to the center, as in certain leaves.
n.
1. A crack, crevice, or split.
2. A split or indentation between two parts, as of the chin.

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

cleft

(klɛft)
vb
the past tense and a past participle of cleave1
n
1. (Geological Science) a fissure or crevice
2. an indentation or split in something, such as the chin, palate, etc
adj
3. split; divided
4. (Botany) (of leaves) having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib
[Old English geclyft (n); related to Old High German kluft tongs, German Kluft gap, fissure; see cleave1]

cleft1

(klɛft)

n.
1. a space or opening made by cleavage; a split.
2. a division formed by cleaving.
3. a hollow area or indentation: a chin with a cleft.
[1300–50; Middle English clift, Old English (ge)clyft split, cracked, c. Old High German, Old Norse kluft; akin to cleave2]

cleft2

(klɛft)

v.
1. a pt. and pp. of cleave 2.
adj.
2. cloven; split; divided.
3. (of plant parts, as a leaf) having divisions that extend more than halfway to the midrib or base.

Cleft

 a group of stars [modern].

cleft


Past participle: clefted
Gerund: clefting

Imperative
cleft
cleft
Present
I cleft
you cleft
he/she/it clefts
we cleft
you cleft
they cleft
Preterite
I clefted
you clefted
he/she/it clefted
we clefted
you clefted
they clefted
Present Continuous
I am clefting
you are clefting
he/she/it is clefting
we are clefting
you are clefting
they are clefting
Present Perfect
I have clefted
you have clefted
he/she/it has clefted
we have clefted
you have clefted
they have clefted
Past Continuous
I was clefting
you were clefting
he/she/it was clefting
we were clefting
you were clefting
they were clefting
Past Perfect
I had clefted
you had clefted
he/she/it had clefted
we had clefted
you had clefted
they had clefted
Future
I will cleft
you will cleft
he/she/it will cleft
we will cleft
you will cleft
they will cleft
Future Perfect
I will have clefted
you will have clefted
he/she/it will have clefted
we will have clefted
you will have clefted
they will have clefted
Future Continuous
I will be clefting
you will be clefting
he/she/it will be clefting
we will be clefting
you will be clefting
they will be clefting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been clefting
you have been clefting
he/she/it has been clefting
we have been clefting
you have been clefting
they have been clefting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been clefting
you will have been clefting
he/she/it will have been clefting
we will have been clefting
you will have been clefting
they will have been clefting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been clefting
you had been clefting
he/she/it had been clefting
we had been clefting
you had been clefting
they had been clefting
Conditional
I would cleft
you would cleft
he/she/it would cleft
we would cleft
you would cleft
they would cleft
Past Conditional
I would have clefted
you would have clefted
he/she/it would have clefted
we would have clefted
you would have clefted
they would have clefted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cleft - a split or indentation in something (as the palate or chin)cleft - a split or indentation in something (as the palate or chin)
indentation, indenture - a concave cut into a surface or edge (as in a coastline)
2.cleft - a long narrow openingcleft - a long narrow opening    
chap - a crack in a lip caused usually by cold
chink - a narrow opening as e.g. between planks in a wall
crevasse - a deep fissure
fatigue crack - a crack in metal resulting from metal fatigue
faulting, geological fault, fracture, break, fault, shift - (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault"; "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"
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"
rift - a narrow fissure in rock
slit - a narrow fissure
split - a lengthwise crack in wood; "he inserted the wedge into a split in the log"
volcano, vent - a fissure in the earth's crust (or in the surface of some other planet) through which molten lava and gases erupt
Adj.1.cleft - having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib
compound - composed of more than one part; "compound leaves are composed of several lobes; "compound flower heads"

cleft

noun
1. opening, break, crack, gap, rent, breach, fracture, rift, chink, crevice, fissure, cranny a narrow cleft in the rocks too small for a human to squeeze through
adjective
1. split, separated, torn, rent, ruptured, cloven, riven, sundered, parted The cleft rock face seemed to move in the static noonday light.

cleft

noun
A usually narrow partial opening caused by splitting and rupture:
Translations
شِق،شِق، صَدْع
rozsedlinatrhlina
kløftspalte
sprunga
plaisa

cleft

[kleft]
A. PT & PP of cleave 1
B. ADJ cleft chinbarbilla f partida
to be in a cleft stickestar entre la espada y la pared
C. N (in rock) → grieta f, hendidura f; (in chin) → partición f
D. CPD cleft palate N (Med) → fisura f del paladar

cleft

[ˈklɛft]
n (in rock)crevasse f, fissure f
adj
to be in a cleft stick (British)être dans une impassecleft palate npalais m fendu

cleft

pret, ptp of cleave1
adjgespalten; a cleft chinein Kinn ntmit Grübchen; to be in a cleft stickin der Klemme sitzen (inf)
nSpalte f, → Kluft f (geh); (in chin) → Grübchen nt; (in forehead) → Senkrecht- or Skeptikerfalte f; (fig)Spaltung f, → Kluft f

cleft

:
cleft lip
nHasenscharte f
cleft palate
nGaumenspalte f, → Wolfsrachen m

cleft

[klɛft]
1. pt, pp of cleave
2. n (in rock) → crepa, fenditura

cleft

(kleft) noun
an opening made by splitting. a cleft in the rocks.

cleft

n. fisura, abertura alargada.

cleft

adj hendido; — lip labio hendido; — palate paladar hendido
References in classic literature ?
Then they came to a narrow cleft about twenty inches wide.
Early as day comes in the beginning of July, it was still dark when we reached our destination, a cleft in the head of a great mountain, with a water running through the midst, and upon the one hand a shallow cave in a rock.
For men whose lips are blanched and white, With aching wounds and torturing thirst, What charm in canvas shot with light, And pale with faces cleft and curst, Past life and life's delight?
He bore in his right hand a tallow candle stuck in the end of a cleft stick.
the tree at whose foot I lay had opened its rocky side, and in the cleft, like a long lily-bud sliding from its green sheath, stood a dryad, and my speech failed and my breath went as I looked upon her beauty, for which mortality has no simile.
Far away in Zululand there is a cleft upon the Ghost Mountain.
I clambered up the narrow cleft in the rock and came out upon the sulphur on the westward side of the village of the Beast Men.
The deep arroyo through which Squaw Creek wound was now only a cleft between snowdrifts--very blue when one looked down into it.
He "had" me indeed, and in a cleft stick; for who would ever absolve me, who would consent that I should go unhung, if, by the faintest tremor of an overture, I were the first to introduce into our perfect intercourse an element so dire?
In the First Part of this history we left the valiant Biscayan and the renowned Don Quixote with drawn swords uplifted, ready to deliver two such furious slashing blows that if they had fallen full and fair they would at least have split and cleft them asunder from top to toe and laid them open like a pomegranate; and at this so critical point the delightful history came to a stop and stood cut short without any intimation from the author where what was missing was to be found.
Then he became mad and blind with rage, and struck the window-seat with such force that he cleft it in two: and as the sparrow flew from place to place, the carter and his wife were so furious, that they broke all their furniture, glasses, chairs, benches, the table, and at last the walls, without touching the bird at all.
It was well he made him hear his voice, or Hugh, with his uplifted axe, would have cleft his skull in twain.