(noun, verb)


1. a gap between cloud masses

- the sun shone through a rift in the clouds

Definition categories: object, gap, opening

2. a narrow fissure in rock

Definition categories: object, cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure

3. a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)

Similar word(s): breach, break, rupture, severance

Definition categories: event, breakup, detachment, separation

Sentences with rift as a noun:

- My marriage is in trouble, the fight created a rift between us and we can't reconnect.

- The Grand Canyon is a rift in the Earth's surface, but is smaller than some of the undersea ones.


1. (intransitive) To form a rift.

2. (transitive) To cleave; to rive; to split.

- to rift an oak

3. (obsolete outside Scotland and northern Britain) To belch.

4. past participle of rive