American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A narrow fissure in rock.
- n. A break in friendly relations: a rift between siblings.
- v. To split open; break.
- v. To cause to split open or break.
- n. A shallow area in a waterway.
- n. The backwash of a wave that has broken upon a beach.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An opening made by riving or splitting; a fissure; a cleft or crevice; a chink.
- n. A riving or splitting; a shattering.
- To rive; cleave; split.
- To make or effect by cleavage.
- To burst open; split.
- Split; specifically, following the general direction of the splitting or checking: said of a log: as, rift pine boards. Compare quartered, 4.
- n. A veil; a curtain.
- To belch.
- n. A shallow place in a stream; a fording-place; also, rough water indicating submerged rocks.
- n. In wood-working, a saw in which the cutting-teeth are placed at the ends of radial arms instead of upon the rim of a disk.
- n. In geology, one of the principal cleavages or planes of weakness in building-stone, as quarried, of which the quarrymen take advantage. The two others, commonly occurring at right angles with it and with one another, are called the cut-off and the lift.
- n. A chasm or fissure.
- n. A break in the clouds, fog, mist etc., which allows light through.
- v. To form a rift.
- v. obsolete except Scotland and northern UK To belch.
GNU Webster's 1913
- p. p. of rive.
- n. An opening made by riving or splitting; a cleft; a fissure.
- n. A shallow place in a stream; a ford.
- v. To cleave; to rive; to split
- v. To burst open; to split.
- v. Prov. Eng. & Scot. To belch.
- n. a narrow fissure in rock
- n. a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
- n. a gap between cloud masses
- From Old Norse rypta. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, of Scandinavian origin.Probably alteration of dialectal riff, reef, from Dutch rif, riffe; see reef1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The rift is only in the WV democratic party, not nationwide.”
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