- a fault.
- a graben of regional extent.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of rift
Related formsrift·less, adjectiveun·rift·ed, adjective
Can be confusedriff rift
Examples from the Web for rifted
Then the two crept cautiously down the rifted face of the cliff, holding the shadow of the crevices.The Lighted Match|Charles Neville Buck
The roads were rifted and torn up by the deluge of rains which had poured down the mountain sides.Our Standard-Bearer|Oliver Optic
I knew that face, and my heart was rifted as if by a thunderbolt.Ernest Linwood|Caroline Lee Hentz
Fifteen hundred feet higher up, above the top of the Plattenbergkopf, the ground began to be rifted.Adventures on the Roof of the World|Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond
The fog was rifted by the wind so that he could see with sufficient clearness the outlines and details of the high brick castle.Frontier Boys in Frisco|Wyn Roosevelt