Rift - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪft|  American pronunciation of the word rift
Brit.  |rɪft|  British pronunciation of the word rift

noun

- a gap between cloud masses

the sun shone through a rift in the clouds

- a narrow fissure in rock
- a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions) (syn: breach, break, rupture, severance)

Examples

The fight will only widen the rift with his brother.

We could see some stars through the rifts in the clouds.

Scientists are studying the Mid-Atlantic Rift.

Party officials have denied that there is any rift between ministers.

Today's announcement could lead to a further rift over public spending.

He set out to heal the rifts in the party.

the sun shone through a rift in the clouds

The rift between the two younger men never healed.

Word forms

noun
singular: rift
plural: rifts
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