Cleft - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kleft|  American pronunciation of the word cleft
Brit.  |klÉ›ft|  British pronunciation of the word cleft

noun

- a split or indentation in something (as the palate or chin)
- a long narrow opening (syn: crack, crevice, fissure)
- split or divided
he had a cleft chin and strong jaw
the infant was born with a double harelip and cleft palate
a cleft stick
- having one or more indentations reaching nearly to the midrib (syn: dissected)

Examples

The river begins as a trickle of water from a cleft in the rock.

He has a distinctive cleft in his chin.

he had a cleft chin and strong jaw

the infant was born with a double harelip and cleft palate

The wooden door had been cleft in two.

His fist cleft the air.

Word forms

noun
singular: cleft
plural: clefts
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