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From Middle English clift, from Old English ġeclyft, from Proto-Germanic *kluftiz. Compare Dutch klucht (chaotic), Swedish klyft (cave, den) cave, den, German Kluft. See cleave.

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cleft (plural clefts)

  1. An opening, fissure, or V-shaped indentation made by or as if by splitting.
  2. A piece made by splitting.
    a cleft of wood
  3. A disease of horses; a crack on the band of the pastern.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for cleft in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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cleft

  1. simple past tense and past participle of cleave