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Definition of "cleft" []

  • A past tense and a past participle of cleave1. (verb)
  • Divided; split. (adjective)
  • Botany Having indentations that extend about halfway to the center, as in certain leaves. (adjective)
  • A crack, crevice, or split. (noun)
  • A split or indentation between two parts, as of the chin. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cleft" in a sentence
  • "Clinical outcomes in cleft lip and palate surgery."
  • "We have obtained some of Mr. Jackson's excess body tissues (particularly from the chin cleft area) and have extracted DNA from these tissues."
  • "In other words, any derivative work cleft from the rib of Facebook must visibly bear the mark of the “Initial Developer”, namely, Facebook, Inc., and include the following:"