- an opening made by splitting, cleaving, etc.; fissure; cleft; chink.
- an open space, as in a forest or cloud mass, or a clear interval.
- a break in friendly relations: a rift between two people; a rift between two nations.
- a difference in opinion, belief, or interest that causes such a break in friendly relations.
- a fault.
- a graben of regional extent.
- the plane or direction along which a log or mass of granite can most easily be split.
- wood or a piece of wood that has been split radially from a log.
- to burst open; split.
Origin of rift
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Examples from the Web for rifted
I knew that face, and my heart was rifted as if by a thunderbolt.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
The gray cloud-tide, now a purple sea, was rifted by billows of flame.Winning the Wilderness
Margaret Hill McCarter
Still, where indeed the rifted reed hath cut it clean in twain.Theocritus
His precious blood has redeemed me, and I am at rest in the shadow of the Rifted Rock.Fifteen Years in Hell
At intervals an unnatural, ghastly light as from rifted clouds swiftly driving overhead passes across the scene.The Saxons
Edwin Davies Schoonmaker
- 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
- to burst or cause to burst open; split
- a shallow or rocky part in a stream
- the backwash from a wave that has just broken
Word Origin and History for rifted
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.
- A continental rift.
- A narrow break, crack, or other opening in a rock, usually made by cracking or splitting.