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cleft

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[ kleft ]
/ klɛft /
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noun
a space or opening made by cleavage; a split.
a division formed by cleaving.
a hollow area or indentation: a chin with a cleft.
Veterinary Pathology. a crack on the bend of the pastern of a horse.
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Origin of cleft

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1300–50; Middle English clift,Old English (ge)clyft split, cracked; cognate with Old High German, Old Norse kluft; akin to cleave2

Other definitions for cleft (2 of 2)

cleft2
[ kleft ]
/ klɛft /

verb
a simple past tense and past participle of cleave2.
adjective
cloven; split; divided.
(of a leaf, corolla, lobe, or other expanded plant part) having divisions formed by incisions or narrow sinuses that extend more than halfway to the midrib or the base.

Origin of cleft

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see origin at cleft1
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British Dictionary definitions for cleft

cleft
/ (klɛft) /

verb
the past tense and a past participle of cleave 1
noun
a fissure or crevice
an indentation or split in something, such as the chin, palate, etc
adjective
split; divided
(of leaves) having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib

Word Origin for cleft

Old English geclyft (n); related to Old High German kluft tongs, German Kluft gap, fissure; see cleave 1
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Medical definitions for cleft

cleft
[ klĕft ]

n.
A split or fissure between two parts.
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