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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun cleft:

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Definition of the noun cleft

What does cleft mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: clefts

  1. a split or indentation in something (as the palate or chin)
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • more generic words: indentation / indenture = a concave cut into a surface or edge
  2. a long narrow opening
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonyms of cleft: crack / crevice / fissure / scissure
    • more generic words: gap / opening = an open or empty space in or between things
    • more specific terms:
      • chap = a crack in a lip caused usually by cold
      • chink = a narrow opening as e.g. between planks in a wall
      • crevasse = a deep fissure
      • fatigue crack = a crack in metal resulting from metal fatigue
      • geological fault / faulting / fracture / break / fault / shift = a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
      • rift = a narrow fissure in rock
      • slit = a narrow fissure
      • split = a lengthwise crack in wood
      • volcano / vent = a fissure in the earth's crust (or in the surface of some other planet) through which molten lava and gases erupt

Alternative definition of the noun cleft


  1. an opening, fissure, or V-shaped indentation made by or as if by splitting

Definition of the adjective cleft

What does cleft mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. split or divided
    • examples: he had a cleft chin and strong jaw | the infant was born with a double harelip and cleft palate | a cleft stick
    • similar: divided
  2. having one or more indentations reaching nearly to the midrib

Definition of the verb cleft

What does cleft mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: clefted | clefting | clefts

  1. past of cleave


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Cleft: A deep narrow slot, notch, or groove in a coastal cliff.

Phrases with Cleft

Phrases starting with the word Cleft:

  1. cleft lip
  2. cleft foot
  3. Cleft Phlox
  4. Cleft Sedge
  5. Cleft Stick
  6. cleft palate
  7. cleft grafting

Phrases ending with the word Cleft:

  1. Anal Cleft
  2. gill cleft
  3. Natal Cleft
  4. Gluteal cleft
  5. pudendal cleft
  6. branchial cleft
  7. urogenital cleft

Other phrases containing the word Cleft:

  1. In a Cleft Stick
  2. Deep-Cleft Shipworm

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cleft

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Google previewBlack's Veterinary Dictionary (2015)

Cleft. Palate. Cleft palate is a hereditary defect of the roof of the mouth, generally seen in puppies of the toy breeds that have been inbred. It consists of a gap in the structures forming the hard and/or soft palates, often so extensive as to allow of ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (2014)

by Bas Aarts, Sylvia Chalker, Edmund Weiner

cleft construction 66 exclamative, imperative, and interrogative as syntactic categories, and statement, question, exclamation, and directive as categories of * usage. Compare minor sentence. See also mood. cleft construction A *sentence or ...

Google previewCurrent Issues in the Analysis of Semitic Grammar and Lexicon (2005)

by Lutz Edzard

Cleft Sentences in Amharic, with Special Reference to Reference Kjell Magne Yri , University of Oslo Introduction There might not seem to be more to be said about the so-called cleft sentence constructions (henceforth CS, even in quotations) ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

cleft n. A longitudinal fissure. Cleft lip (cheiloschisis, hare lip) is a cleft ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery (2009)

by Carol Ann Rinzler

cleft lip and/or palate 37 cord. It is sometimes associated with cerebral palsy or rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms and Diagnostic Path Claw foot is diagnosed by physical examination. The arch of the foot is abnormally high, the toe joints nearest ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects (2009)

by James Wynbrandt, Mark D. Ludman

Key: CL = cleft lip; CP = cleft palate Reproduced with permission of the National Genetics Foundation, Inc., from R. B. Berini and E. Kahn (eds.), Clinical Genetics Handbook (Oradell, N.J.: Medical Economics Co. Inc., 1987). All rights reserved.

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Quotes about Cleft

Patients would come in and say, Well, my baby is going to have a cleft palate. I'm going like, that's not a reason. And the doctor would do the abortion. (Norma McCorvey)
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Scrabble value of C3L1E1F4T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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