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Definition of "rift" []

  • A narrow fissure in rock. (noun)
  • A break in friendly relations: a rift between siblings. (noun)
  • To split open; break. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cause to split open or break. (verb-transitive)
  • A shallow area in a waterway. (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 "rift" in a sentence
  • "Jack has all that power inside of him ... maybe repairing the rift is the "reason" he was brought into exisitence."
  • "The second rift is over whether the French company is required to buy 12 power plants — most of them coal-fired — from Constellation for as much as $2 billion."
  • "Not coincidentally, this rift is deepening even as Gujarat booms economically, with brand-new malls, multi plexes, highways, and private ports transforming it into a pulsing region-state athwart Indian Ocean trade routes."