rift


rift
riftless, adj.
/rift/, n.
1. an opening made by splitting, cleaving, etc.; fissure; cleft; chink.
2. an open space, as in a forest or cloud mass, or a clear interval.
3. a break in friendly relations: a rift between two people; a rift between two nations.
4. a difference in opinion, belief, or interest that causes such a break in friendly relations.
5. Geol.
a. a fault.
b. a graben of regional extent.
6. the plane or direction along which a log or mass of granite can most easily be split.
7. wood or a piece of wood that has been split radially from a log.
v.t., v.i.
8. to burst open; split.
[1250-1300; ME < ON ript breaking of an agreement (cf. Dan, Norw rift cleavage), deriv. of rifa to tear (c. RIVE)]
Syn. 3. breach, rupture, estrangement, falling-out.

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