WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
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.

  1. cloven;

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

cleave /kliːv/ vb (cleaves, cleaving, cleft, cleaved, clove, cleft, cleaved, cloven)
  1. to split or cause to split, esp along a natural weakness
  2. (transitive) to make by or as if by cutting: to cleave a path
  3. when intr, followed by through: to penetrate or traverse
Etymology: Old English clēofan; related to Old Norse kljūfa, Old High German klioban, Latin glūbere to peel

ˈcleavable adj
cleave /kliːv/ vb
  1. (intransitive) followed by to: to cling or adhere
Etymology: Old English cleofian; related to Old High German klebēn to stick

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