cleft

cleft
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 GLYPH (Cf. glyph)).

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  • 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

  • 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] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cleft — cleft·ed; cleft; un·cleft; …   English syllables

  • 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.… …   English terms dictionary

  • Cleft — (kl[e^]ft), imp. & p. p. from {Cleave}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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,… …   New thesaurus

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

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

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

  • cleft — see cleave …   Modern English usage

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