• WordNet 3.6
    • n rift a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions) "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"
    • n rift a narrow fissure in rock
    • n rift a gap between cloud masses "the sun shone through a rift in the clouds"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rift p. p. of Rive.
    • Rift A shallow place in a stream; a ford.
    • Rift An opening made by riving or splitting; a cleft; a fissure.
    • Rift To belch.
    • Rift To burst open; to split. "Timber . . . not apt to rif with ordnance."
    • v. t Rift To cleave; to rive; to split; as, to rift an oak or a rock; to rift the clouds. "To dwell these rifted rocks between."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rift An opening made by riving or splitting; a fissure; a cleft or crevice; a chink.
    • n rift A riving or splitting; a shattering.
    • rift To rive; cleave; split.
    • rift To make or effect by cleavage.
    • rift To burst open; split.
    • rift Split; specifically, following the general direction of the splitting or checking: said of a log: as, rift pine boards. Compare quartered, 4.
    • n rift A veil; a curtain.
    • rift To belch.
    • n rift A shallow place in a stream; a fording-place; also, rough water indicating submerged rocks.
    • n rift In wood-working, a saw in which the cutting-teeth are placed at the ends of radial arms instead of upon the rim of a disk.
    • n rift In geology, one of the principal cleavages or planes of weakness in building-stone, as quarried, of which the quarrymen take advantage. The two others, commonly occurring at right angles with it and with one another, are called the cut-off and the lift.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rift rift an opening split in anything: a fissure: a veil: a fording-place
    • v.t Rift to rive: to cleave
    • v.i Rift to split: to burst open
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  • Gerald Kersh
    Gerald Kersh
    “Now, you mummy's darlings, get a rift on them boots. Definitely shine em, my little curly-headed lambs, for in our mob, war or no war, you die with clean boots on.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “The little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dan. rift, fr. rieve, to rend. See Rive


In literature:

His narrow eyes lay level with a rift in the group of rocks that hid him completely from view.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
It is our dear Edith's desire to slip into the charmed circle through the rift that the Rodneys make.
"The Husbands of Edith" by George Barr McCutcheon
So silent, yet rapid, was the motion of Oonomoo, that his figure flitted through the rifts in the wood like a shadow.
"Oonomoo the Huron" by Edward S. Ellis
A rift in the fog disclosed a portion of the trestle bridge.
"Injun and Whitey to the Rescue" by William S. Hart
The sun drooped low, and threw long swords of light through rifts in the dull grey veil.
"The Romance of the Coast" by James Runciman
In that year her near neighbor, Japan, made the first rift in the enclosing shell.
"A Short History of Russia" by Mary Platt Parmele
Presently, however, the storm abated, and through a rift in the clouds they perceived land and made for it.
"The First Discovery of Australia and New Guinea" by George Collingridge
The storm was passing; by the time when they reached the sea-side there were rifts of clear light in the sky above them.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
But this social rift was not the only rift which was opening amidst the distress and misery of the time.
"History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)" by John Richard Green
The rift within the lute was probably busy with household matters above, and no discordant element marred our farewell.
"The Argosy" by Various

In poetry:

Alexis calls me cruel;
The rifted crags that hold
The gathered ice of winter,
He says, are not more cold.
"Song From The Spanish Of Iglesias" by William Cullen Bryant
Come, for the night is cold,
The ghostly moonlight fills
Hollow and rift and fold
Of the eerie Ardise hills!
"A Northern Vigil" by Bliss William Carman
Where the full ray of noon alone
Down the deep valley falls:
Or where the sunbeam never shone
Between its rifted walls:
"Hymn Written Among The Alps" by Helen Maria Williams
And now she came to a horrible rift
All in the rock's hard side,
A bleak and blasted oak o'erspread
The cavern yawning wide.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
I lay beneath the pine trees,
And looked aloft, where, through
The dusky, clustered tree-tops,
Gleamed rent, gay rifts of blue.
"In the Black Forest" by Amy Levy
Weary hearts by thee are lifted,
Struggling souls by thee are strengthened,
Clouds of fear asunder rifted,
Truth from falsehood cleansed and sifted,
Lives, like days in summer, lengthened!
"Epimetheus, or the Poet's Afterthought. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Dividing the West Bank, and Deepening a Rift.
Young women walking to a food relief center in the drought-stricken village of Nadapal, Rift Valley province, Kenya, October 2, 2009.
We left Nairobi on Friday morning for Lake Naivasha region and a stop off at the a beautiful viewpoint in the Rift Valley.
The Texas Farm Bureau's annual convention this week in Waco exposed a rift among members about the future of government ethanol mandates.
'Takes a village' philosophy over caring for feral cats causing rifts.
Don't expect to find a rift form within Denver duo Axe Murder Boyz.
Quarterback denies having rift with coordinator.
All of Hank Williams Jr.'s rowdy lyrics inspired by his public rift with former partner ESPN came out today in the form of the country star's new album "Old School, New Rules," his first in three years.
Women work to combat extremism by closing rift between Americans and Pakistanis.
Franco- German rift threatens EU banking union.
The internal rifts within the Republican party are getting more frequent and more serious.
For years it created a significant rift between us.
Quorum Shortfall Shows Deep Rift In Alaska GOP.
A Rift Runs Through It.
Naomi Benaron has already won the Bellwether Prize for Running the Rift , a novel about a boy who grows up during the ethnic conflict in Rwanda and the 1994 genocide.

In science:

For this direction, the results from this work (Fig. 20) show two signi ficant increases of extinction, one within the first few hundred parsecs, which would be associated with the Aquila Rift.
High Spatial Resolution Galactic 3D Extinction Mapping with IPHAS
The Rift is at a distance of ∼ 200 pc (Dame et al. 1987), with the extinction risˇCernis & Barta ˇsi ¯ut ˙e 2003).
High Spatial Resolution Galactic 3D Extinction Mapping with IPHAS
It is clear, however, that the Marshall et al. (2006) modelling does not take into account the more local Aquila Rift.
High Spatial Resolution Galactic 3D Extinction Mapping with IPHAS
L492, CB130 — Straiˇzys et al. (2003) investigate the distance dependence of the interstellar extinction in the direction of the Aquila Rift.
Spitzer and HHT observations of starless cores: masses and environments
Finally, in sec. 2.5.2 we introduce a d rift of the black hole and explore the both electric and magnetic fields emerging in this general setup.
Transition from regular to chaotic motion in black hole magnetospheres