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Definition 1: a long narrow opening - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for cleft in the sense of this definition

(cleft is a kind of ...) an open or empty space in or between things

"there was a small opening between the trees" "the explosion made a gap in the wall"

(... is a kind of cleft ) a lengthwise crack in wood

"he inserted the wedge into a split in the log"

(... is a kind of cleft ) a narrow fissure

(... is a kind of cleft ) a narrow fissure in rock

(... is a kind of cleft ) a crack in a lip caused usually by cold

(... is a kind of cleft ) (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other

"they built it right over a geological fault" "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"

(... is a kind of cleft ) a crack in metal resulting from metal fatigue

(... is a kind of cleft ) a deep fissure

(... is a kind of cleft ) a narrow opening as e.g. between planks in a wall

(... is a kind of cleft ) a fissure in the earth's crust (or in the surface of some other planet) through which molten lava and gases erupt

Definition 2: a split or indentation in something (as the palate or chin) - [noun denoting shape]

(cleft is a kind of ...) a concave cut into a surface or edge (as in a coastline)

Definition 3: having one or more indentations reaching nearly to the midrib - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for cleft in the sense of this definition

(cleft is similar to ...) composed of more than one part

"compound leaves are composed of several lobes" "compound flower heads"

Definition 4: split or divided - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cleft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had a cleft chin and strong jaw
  • the infant was born with a double harelip and cleft palate
  • a cleft stick

(cleft is similar to ...) separated into parts or pieces

"opinions are divided"

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