Meaning of cleft


Pronunciation: (kleft), [key]
— n.
  1. a space or opening made by cleavage; a split.
  2. a division formed by cleaving.
  3. a hollow area or indentation: a chin with a cleft.
  4. a crack on the bend of the pastern of a horse.


Pronunciation: (kleft), [key]
— v.
  1. a pt. and pp. of.
  1. cloven; split; divided.
  2. (of a leaf, corolla, lobe, or other expanded plant part) having divisions formed by incisions or narrow sinuses that extend more than halfway to the midrib or the base.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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