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Noun: cleft  kleft
  1. A split or indentation in something (as the palate or chin)
  2. A narrow planar hole in a rock or material, usually with a flattish sides
    - crack, crevice, fissure, scissure
Adjective: cleft  kleft
  1. Split or divided
    "he had a cleft chin and strong jaw"; "the infant was born with a double harelip and cleft palate"; "a cleft stick"
  2. Having one or more indentations reaching nearly to the midrib
    - dissected
Verb: cleave (clove,cloven, also cleaved,cleft)  kleev
  1. Separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
    "cleave the bone";
    - split, rive [archaic]
  2. Make by cutting into
    "The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock"
  3. Come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
    "The dress cleaves to her body";
    - cling, adhere, stick, cohere

Derived forms: clefts

See also: compound, divided

Type of: adjoin, contact, create, gap, indentation, indenture, make, meet, opening, tear, touch

Encyclopedia: Cleft, the Boy Chin Wonder

Cleave, Robert