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cleft 1

Syllabification: cleft
past and past participle of cleave1.


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Split, divided, or partially divided into two: a cleft chin
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  • Mostly, he saw Bert's fists moving rhythmically, seeming inexorably drawn to Marlon's cleft chin like magnets drawn to metal.
  • Painted five years earlier, the nine children of Friedrich Wilhelm Paul Leopold of Schleswig-Holstein each shared the dark eyes and cleft chin of their father.
  • Many orthopedic conditions, just like dimples or cleft chins, are just normal variations of human anatomy that don't require treatment.
split, divided, cloven, bifid

Words that rhyme with cleft

bereft, deft, eft, heft, klepht, left, reft, theft, weft
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cleft 2 Syllabification: cleft


1A fissure or split, especially one in rock or the ground.
Example sentences
  • The kraal had been ripped asunder, and the ground within the rock cleft and by the cave entrance was littered with dead sheep.
  • A thin cleft in the rock split the ridge like a wound.
  • There is an early legend that swallows and swifts hibernated in caves or clefts in the rocks.
1.1A vertical indentation in the middle of a person’s forehead or chin.
Example sentences
  • He ran his thumb down the cleft of his chin, self-consciously, over a small vertical shaving nick on the cleft of his chin.
  • His deep Italian accent made him look all the more adorable as did the small mole left on the cleft of his dimpled chin.
  • The image of him was quickly fading from Kathleen's mind, but she remembered his firm chin, with a decided cleft down its middle.
1.2A deep division between two parts of the body.
Example sentences
  • It is rare that tissue is needed from elsewhere in the body to close a cleft.
  • There is no nerve plexus in the clefts between these muscle layers.
  • He or she will feel for pulses behind your inside ankle bone or in the cleft between your big and next toe.


Middle English clift: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kluft and German Kluft, also to cleave1. The form of the word was altered in the 16th century by association with cleft1.

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