- 1A crack, split, or break in something: the wind had torn open a rift in the cloudsMore example sentences
- For some at least, this recognition would produce a psychological rift, a split subjectivity imploding with the violent impact of sameness.
- Savarics Uzumaki finished the staff and opened the dimensional rifts to allow passage into a new home for demons.
- Disagreement over economic policy opened ideological rifts among Iran's ruling elite.
- 1.1 Geology A major fault separating blocks of the earth’s surface; a rift valley.More example sentences
- Extension associated with lengthening of the Himalayan collision orogen is accommodated by small graben and rifts almost at right angles to the strike of the collision zone.
- The major rift eventually developed west of Scotland (present orientation).
- Dextral slip was not responsible for opening most of the rift basins in Thailand.
- 2A serious break in friendly relations: the rift between the two branches of the legal professionMore example sentences
breach, division, split; quarrel, squabble, disagreement, difference of opinion, falling-out, fight, row, altercation, argument, war of words, dispute, conflict, contretemps, clash, wrangle, tussle, feud, battle royal; estrangement, alienation, schismBritish • informal ding-dong, bust-up
- There is a serious rift between the players and the governing body.
- The meeting revealed a serious rift between them that may result in violence.
- News of a rift between the friends is believed to be accurate, with the rumour leaking out at one point last month that the latter had left the company altogether.
verb[no object] chiefly Geology Back to top
- 1Form fissures or breaks, especially through large-scale faulting; move apart: a fragment of continental crust which rifted away from eastern AustraliaMore example sentences
- An active origin is suggested because volcanism and uplift appear to have preceded rifting, an active plume passing over a large area.
- By the beginning of the Cretaceous, the supercontinent Pangea was already rifting apart, and by the mid-Cretaceous, it had split into several smaller continents.
- As envisaged by Robertson et al. continental fragments rifted from Gondwana in Triassic time.
- 1.1 [with object] (usually as adjective rifted) Tear or force (something) apart: the nascent rifted margins of the Red SeaMore example sentences
- Dismembered counterparts of the Beysehir-Hoyran Nappes further east are restored as a Triassic rifted margin.
- Finally volcanic rocks spread over its surface as the Slave protocontinent was rifted apart about 2.8 billion to 2.7 billion years ago.
- Mid-Cretaceous faulting is observed along the Ran ridge, whereas the axis of the Paleocene rifted zone is shifted slightly further to the west in the Voring margin.
Middle English: of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian and Danish rift 'cleft, chink'.