Definition of rift in English:

rift

noun

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

    ‘the wind had torn open a rift in the clouds’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These days, people will tear rifts in the fabric of space-time for any old reason.’
    • ‘Myself and a few of the other mages opened up a rift in time.’
    • ‘Disagreement over economic policy opened ideological rifts among Iran's ruling elite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A shaft of sun passed through a rift in the clouds and shone on it.’
    • ‘A few stars glittered coldly in the rifts between the clouds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She waved her hand yet again and opened a purplish rift in the air that glowed with uncertainty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had torn a rift in the very fabric of space and time with this white and black magic.’
    • ‘Joseph Hanno's crime opened a rift in Mather's complex views about race, slavery, and Christianity: it put them in tension.’
    • ‘Savarics Uzumaki finished the staff and opened the dimensional rifts to allow passage into a new home for demons.’
    • ‘For some at least, this recognition would produce a psychological rift, a split subjectivity imploding with the violent impact of sameness.’
    • ‘Kanta starts to chant a few words and a rift opens in front of them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He saw a rift opening and then he knew she was gone.’
    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.
      • ‘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 East African rift system also contributed to knowledge because of the abundance of ash falls.’
      • ‘The major rift eventually developed west of Scotland (present orientation).’
      • ‘The country lies along the East African rift and experiences occasional tremors and earthquakes.’
      • ‘Dextral slip was not responsible for opening most of the rift basins in Thailand.’
  • 2A serious break in friendly relations.

    ‘their demise caused a rift between the city's town and gown’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Recent City of Geraldton council debates and votes have exposed an apparently widening rift between councillors.’
    • ‘A source close to Foley denied any boardroom rift, and described relations with Cahill as " top class".’
    • ‘There were appeals for Mr Bush to work on healing the transatlantic rift.’
    • ‘After mending the rift with his estranged First Lady, Dave sets about healing America itself.’
    • ‘The regional preparatory meetings over the years revealed a fundamental rift in the alliance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The meeting revealed a serious rift between them that may result in violence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The war caused a deep rift in the close-knit Western alliance.’
    • ‘I don't want to cause a rift between her and her friends.’
    • ‘The man who claims them as rightfully his says he hopes to one day mend the family rift.’
    • ‘Other social and economic developments deepen the rifts in Chinese society.’
    • ‘The controversial case has widened the rift between conservatives and progressives to the detriment of national unity.’
    • ‘The debate boils down to a growing philosophical rift in the industry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a serious rift between the players and the governing body.’
    • ‘Eric Simons, the team coach, said categorically that no internal rift existed.’
    • ‘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.’
    breach, division, split
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verb

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

    ‘a fragment of continental crust that rifted away from eastern Australia’
    ‘active rifting in southwestern Mexico’
    • ‘An active origin is suggested because volcanism and uplift appear to have preceded rifting, an active plume passing over a large area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As envisaged by Robertson et al. continental fragments rifted from Gondwana in Triassic time.’
    • ‘That suggests that the eastern part must have rifted off at some point and drifted away.’
    1. 1.1[with object]Tear or force (something) apart.
      ‘the nascent rifted margins of the Red Sea’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Dismembered counterparts of the Beysehir-Hoyran Nappes further east are restored as a Triassic rifted margin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Finally volcanic rocks spread over its surface as the Slave protocontinent was rifted apart about 2.8 billion to 2.7 billion years ago.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

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