WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
cleft1 /klɛft/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a space or opening made by cleavage;
    a split:a cleft in the rock formations.
  2. a hollow area or indentation: a cleft in her chin.

cleft2 /klɛft/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. a pt. and pp. of cleave2.

adj. 
  1. Zoologycloven;
    split;
    divided.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
cleft1  (kleft),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a space or opening made by cleavage;
    a split.
  2. a division formed by cleaving.
  3. a hollow area or indentation:a chin with a cleft.
  4. Veterinary Diseasesa crack on the bend of the pastern of a horse.
  • 1300–50; Middle English clift, Old English (ge)clyft split, cracked; cognate with Old High German, Old Norse kluft; akin to cleave2
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fissure, crevice, crack, rift, cranny, chasm, crevasse.

cleft2  (kleft),USA pronunciation v. 
  1. a pt. and pp. of  cleave 2.

adj. 
  1. Zoologycloven;
    split;
    divided.
  2. Botany(of a leaf, corolla, lobe, or other expanded plant part) having divisions formed by incisions or narrow sinuses that extend more than halfway to the midrib or the base.
  • see cleft1


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

cleft /klɛft/ vb
  1. the past tense and a past participle of cleave1
n
  1. a fissure or crevice
  2. an indentation or split in something, such as the chin, palate, etc
adj
  1. split; divided
Etymology: Old English geclyft (n); related to Old High German kluft tongs, German Kluft gap, fissure; see cleave1



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