rift

[ rift ]
/ rɪft /
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noun

verb (used with or without object)

to burst open; split.

Nearby words

  1. rifleman,
  2. riflery,
  3. riflescope,
  4. rifling,
  5. riflip,
  6. rift saw,
  7. rift valley,
  8. rift valley fever,
  9. rift zone,
  10. rift-sawed

Origin of rift

1250–1300; Middle English < Old Norse ript breaking of an agreement (compare Danish, Norwegian rift cleavage), derivative of rīfa to tear (cognate with rive)

Related formsrift·less, adjectiveun·rift·ed, adjective

Can be confusedriff rift

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British Dictionary definitions for rifted

rift

1
/ (rɪft) /

noun

a gap or space made by cleaving or splitting; fissure
geology a long narrow zone of faulting resulting from tensional stress in the earth's crust
a gap between two cloud masses; break or chinkhe saw the sun through a rift in the clouds
a break in friendly relations between people, nations, etc

verb

to burst or cause to burst open; split

Word Origin for rift

C13: from Old Norse; related to Danish rift cleft, Icelandic ript breach of contract

rift

2
/ (rɪft) /

noun US

a shallow or rocky part in a stream
the backwash from a wave that has just broken

Word Origin for rift

C14: from Old Norse rypta; related to Icelandic ropa to belch

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Word Origin and History for rifted

rift

n.

early 14c., "a split, act of splitting," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish and Norwegian rift "a cleft," Old Icelandic ript (pronounced "rift") "breach;" related to Old Norse ripa "to break a contract" (see riven). Figurative use from 1620s. Geological sense from 1921. As a verb, c.1300.

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Science definitions for rifted

rift

[ rĭft ]

A continental rift.
A narrow break, crack, or other opening in a rock, usually made by cracking or splitting.
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