Definition of rift in English:

rift

noun

  • 1A crack, split, or break in something:

    ‘the wind had torn open a rift in the clouds’
    • ‘These days, people will tear rifts in the fabric of space-time for any old reason.’
    • ‘I went on my journey to find her, I found a rift in space and time by traveling the lands and I found my way to Earth.’
    • ‘In secret, using technology known only to themselves, the Ta-Kee were able to open quantum rifts, similar to Portals, between the universes and pass from this to another.’
    • ‘A shaft of sun passed through a rift in the clouds and shone on it.’
    • ‘For some at least, this recognition would produce a psychological rift, a split subjectivity imploding with the violent impact of sameness.’
    • ‘Vagrant Story is still the child of its parents, though, which is where the rift in its appeal opens up.’
    • ‘Altair sensed a deep rift within her, opened the instant he had spoken of home.’
    • ‘She waved her hand yet again and opened a purplish rift in the air that glowed with uncertainty.’
    • ‘For a while I even entertained the notion that all the people who disappear each year simply fall through a rift in space to another dimension.’
    • ‘Kanta starts to chant a few words and a rift opens in front of them.’
    • ‘Joseph Hanno's crime opened a rift in Mather's complex views about race, slavery, and Christianity: it put them in tension.’
    • ‘A few stars glittered coldly in the rifts between the clouds.’
    • ‘He had torn a rift in the very fabric of space and time with this white and black magic.’
    • ‘However, just as he's about to strike at the demon lord, a rift in time opens and Samanosuke is propelled through time to the future.’
    • ‘He saw a rift opening and then he knew she was gone.’
    • ‘Myself and a few of the other mages opened up a rift in time.’
    • ‘Savarics Uzumaki finished the staff and opened the dimensional rifts to allow passage into a new home for demons.’
    • ‘Your soul has rifts torn by hardships and suffering in the past, and the more you have endured, the easier it is to be consumed.’
    • ‘An attempt is the operative term, because as Rygar starts his rescue, a rift opens beneath him, sending him into the realm of the Titans.’
    • ‘Disagreement over economic policy opened ideological rifts among Iran's ruling elite.’
    crack, fault, flaw, split, break, breach, fissure, fracture, cleft, crevice, gap, cranny, slit, chink, interstice, cavity, opening, space, hole, aperture
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    1. 1.1Geology A major fault separating blocks of the earth's surface; a rift valley.
      • ‘The East African rift system also contributed to knowledge because of the abundance of ash falls.’
      • ‘Extension associated with lengthening of the Himalayan collision orogen is accommodated by small graben and rifts almost at right angles to the strike of the collision zone.’
      • ‘The major rift eventually developed west of Scotland (present orientation).’
      • ‘Dextral slip was not responsible for opening most of the rift basins in Thailand.’
      • ‘The country lies along the East African rift and experiences occasional tremors and earthquakes.’
  • 2A serious break in friendly relations:

    ‘the rift between the two branches of the legal profession’
    • ‘A source close to Foley denied any boardroom rift, and described relations with Cahill as " top class".’
    • ‘Two new parish councillors were elected this year on promises made to heal the rift caused by the controversy.’
    • ‘Chairman Elizabeth Blacklee told the annual parish meeting that personality clashes were to blame for a rift between a modernising faction and veteran councillors.’
    • ‘Eric Simons, the team coach, said categorically that no internal rift existed.’
    • ‘News of a rift between the friends is believed to be accurate, with the rumour leaking out at one point last month that the latter had left the company altogether.’
    • ‘Much later in the film we learn there has been a quite serious rift between Jacqueline and Tayeb, but until we reach that point Jacqueline's right to her secrets is respected.’
    • ‘The debate boils down to a growing philosophical rift in the industry.’
    • ‘The controversial case has widened the rift between conservatives and progressives to the detriment of national unity.’
    • ‘The war caused a deep rift in the close-knit Western alliance.’
    • ‘Recent City of Geraldton council debates and votes have exposed an apparently widening rift between councillors.’
    • ‘There is a serious rift between the players and the governing body.’
    • ‘The meeting revealed a serious rift between them that may result in violence.’
    • ‘After mending the rift with his estranged First Lady, Dave sets about healing America itself.’
    • ‘The man who claims them as rightfully his says he hopes to one day mend the family rift.’
    • ‘I don't want to cause a rift between her and her friends.’
    • ‘The regional preparatory meetings over the years revealed a fundamental rift in the alliance.’
    • ‘Union leaders will decide today whether to call fresh strikes by firefighters in the New Year, as a deepening rift with the Government dashed any hopes of a breakthrough in the pay dispute.’
    • ‘There were appeals for Mr Bush to work on healing the transatlantic rift.’
    • ‘Other social and economic developments deepen the rifts in Chinese society.’
    • ‘The rift between Washington and poor countries over this issue was threatening to derail next month's meeting of the World Trade Organization in Cancun, Mexico.’
    breach, division, split
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verb

[NO OBJECT]Geology
  • 1 Form fissures or breaks, especially through large-scale faulting; move apart:

    ‘a fragment of continental crust which rifted away from eastern Australia’
    • ‘Although Early Triassic rifting in East Greenland and west of Norway has been described previously, limited evidence has been presented, mainly because of absence of data.’
    • ‘By the beginning of the Cretaceous, the supercontinent Pangea was already rifting apart, and by the mid-Cretaceous, it had split into several smaller continents.’
    • ‘That suggests that the eastern part must have rifted off at some point and drifted away.’
    • ‘An active origin is suggested because volcanism and uplift appear to have preceded rifting, an active plume passing over a large area.’
    • ‘As envisaged by Robertson et al. continental fragments rifted from Gondwana in Triassic time.’
    1. 1.1usually as adjective rifted[with object] Tear or force (something) apart:
      ‘the nascent rifted margins of the Red Sea’
      • ‘Finally volcanic rocks spread over its surface as the Slave protocontinent was rifted apart about 2.8 billion to 2.7 billion years ago.’
      • ‘Mid-Cretaceous faulting is observed along the Ran ridge, whereas the axis of the Paleocene rifted zone is shifted slightly further to the west in the Voring margin.’
      • ‘Dismembered counterparts of the Beysehir-Hoyran Nappes further east are restored as a Triassic rifted margin.’
      • ‘It is worth noting the similarities and differences between the Early Cretaceous rifted continental margin evolution of the West Peruvian Trough and the contemporaneous evolution of this Chilean Coastal Range segment.’
      • ‘These thrust sheets were considered until recently to represent segments of the late Ncoproterozoic rifted margin of Baltica, the opposing rift margin to East Greenland in conventional palaeocontinental reconstructions.’

Origin

Middle English: of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian and Danish rift cleft, chink.

Pronunciation:

rift

/rɪft/