Meaning of CLEFT in English


cleft 1

/kleft/ , 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. Vet. Pathol. a crack on the bend of the pastern of a horse.

[ 1300-50; ME clift, OE ( ge ) clyft split, cracked; c. OHG, ON kluft; akin to CLEAVE 2 ]

Syn. 1. fissure, crevice, crack, rift, cranny, chasm, crevasse.

cleft 2

/kleft/ , v.

1. a pt. and pp. of cleave 2 .


2. cloven; split; divided.

3. (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 CLEFT 1 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .