• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cleft having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib
    • n cleft a long narrow opening
    • n cleft a split or indentation in something (as the palate or chin)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cleft klĕft imp. & p. p. from Cleave.
    • Cleft (Far) A disease in horses; a crack on the band of the pastern.
    • Cleft A piece made by splitting; as, a cleft of wood.
    • Cleft A space or opening made by splitting; a crack; a crevice; as, the cleft of a rock.
    • Cleft Divided; split; partly divided or split.
    • Cleft (Bot) Incised nearly to the midrib; as, a cleft leaf.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cleft A space or opening made by cleavage; a crevice; a fissure; a furrow; a rift; a chink.
    • n cleft The point where the legs are joined to the body; the crotch.
    • n cleft That which is cloven; a cloven hoof.
    • n cleft A disease of horses characterized by a crack on the bend of the pastern.
    • n cleft A piece made by splitting: as, a cleft of wood.
    • n cleft Preterit and past participle of cleave.
    • cleft Split; divided; cloven.
    • cleft In botany, divided half-way down or somewhat further, with narrow or acute sinuses between the lobes: applied to a lobed leaf, calyx, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • pa.t., pa.p Cleft kleft of Cleave.
    • n Cleft kleft an opening made by cleaving or splitting: a crack, fissure, or chink
    • Cleft Also Clift (B.)
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In a cleft stick - If you are in a cleft stick, you are in a difficult situation, caught between choices.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. clift,; cf. Sw. klyft, cave, den, Icel. kluft, cleft, Dan. klöft, G. kluft,. See Cleave to split and cf. 2d Clift, 1st Clough


In literature:

The eyes of the men in the cleft below had followed the pointed sword.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Here she turned up a narrow cleft of the ridge and entered the mouth of a small cave.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
He looked closer and saw that it grew out of the cleft in the rock.
"An American Robinson Crusoe" by Samuel. B. Allison
Compared to the size of the gill clefts the cavity of the pharynx is, at this stage, comparatively small.
"Development of the Digestive Canal of the American Alligator" by Albert M. Reese
Ramona came to a cleft in the huge boulder, a deep, narrow gash that looked as if it might have been made by a sword stroke of the gods.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
At that location they were later reasonably successful in grafting, using the modified cleft graft.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Pinnatifid: divided into feathers, as when wings are cleft nearly to the base.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
By bracing across the cleft he succeeded in preventing such a calamity.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
There are rocks and clefts and patches of sterile soil.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Thrush is characterized by an excessive secretion of unhealthy matter from the cleft of the frog.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture

In poetry:

In the battle-breathing jingle
Of its forward-footing tune
I could see the armies mingle,
And the columns cleft and hewn
"The Bridge Of Lodi" by Thomas Hardy
Voice of the far-sighted Muses!
Cry of keen foreboding song!
Every cleft of startled Tempe
Tingles with it sharp and long.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
The next one said with tearful eyes
"My mother's in eternity,
Her song was ‘O rock of ages
In thy cleft hide thou me.’"
"Mother's Songs" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Then Israel's host were sore afraid;
But God was on their side,
And, lo! for them a way is cleft,
The Red-sea waves divide.
"Out Of Egypt" by Horatio Alger Jr
And, as when, in the clefts of Horeb,
Of old was His presence known,
The dread Ineffable Glory
Was Infinite Goodness alone.
"The Minister’s Daughter" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Through the cleft let hands appear,
Upward pointed with pressed palms
As if raised in silent psalms
For salvation come anear.
"Brother Artist" by George MacDonald

In news:

There's no official word, by the way, on whether the man's nether region now sports a manly cleft.
Baby left malnourished after medics miss cleft palate.
Many cleft palate cases ' missed '.
A narrow cleft in a rock wall served as these snow leopard cub's den.
In the December 2008 issue, O reports on a team of medical miracle workers changing the lives of children in Zimbabwe born with cleft lips and palates.
Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe.
Texas Tech physicians discuss oral clefts.
Your child's cleft lip and palate repair.
Cleft Lip and Palate Repair Correct Abnormal Development.
Cleft lip and cleft palate repair is a type of plastic surgery to correct abnormal development both to restore function and to restore a more normal appearance.
Even being born with a rare form of cleft palate that left him with no eyes can't stop bouncing baby Christian Buchanan from smiling.
Owner works to save puppy born with cleft palate .
As many as one in 700 babies are born with either a cleft palate or cleft lip.
The Clinician's Guide to Treating Cleft Palate Speech.
Cleft Lip and Palate Reconstruction.

In science:

If such a λ ∈ Q exists, then we cal l (A, C, ψ , g ) cleft.
Galois corings from the descent theory point of view
Caenepeel, S., Vercruysse, J. and Wang, Shuanhong Morita Theory for corings and cleft entwining structures, J.
Galois corings from the descent theory point of view
Part (i) follows easily from this. (ii) By cleftness of H as a kF -comodule algebra, H is isomorphic as an algebra to a crossed product H ≃ R#σ kF , where R = H co π .
Semisimple Hopf algebras of dimension 60
Right, query , shi ) – Return Cleft + Cright .
Fast Algorithms and Efficient Statistics: N-point Correlation Functions
Right, n− , slo , shi ) – Return Cleft + Cright .
Fast Algorithms and Efficient Statistics: N-point Correlation Functions