AskDefine | Define cleft

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cleft See cleavecleft adj
1 used of hooves [syn: cloven, bisulcate]
2 having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib [syn: dissected]


1 a split or indentation in something (as the palate or chin)
2 a long narrow opening [syn: crack, crevice, fissure, scissure]cleave


1 separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument; "cleave the bone" [syn: split, rive]
2 make by cutting into; "The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock"
3 come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; "The dress clings to her body"; "The label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere" [syn: cling, adhere, stick, cohere] [also: cloven, clove, cleft]

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  1. an opening, fissure, or V-shaped indentation made by or as if by splitting


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  1. past of cleave


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