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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
rift
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
he/she/it will have rifted
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 ?
It was ribbed with sharp, steep ridges and cloven with narrow canyons, and here and there on the heights, rocky upheavals shaped themselves into mimic battlements and castles; and out of rifted clouds came broad shafts of sunlight, that painted summit, and slope and glen, with bands of fire, and left belts of somber shade between.
The notion that rifted continental margins consist of thinned, extended continental crust abutting normal oceanic crust was dispelled years ago, nowhere more emphatically than in studies of the Iberian margin, where serpentinized peridotite was discovered intervening between extended continental crust and oceanic crust.
At that time, the weak plate rifted and formed a trough, a relatively common occurrence in young oceanic lithosphere.