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 for rift
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rift \Rift\, obs.
     p. p. of Rive. --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rift \Rift\, n. [Written also reft.] [Dan. rift, fr. rieve to
     rend. See Rive.]
     1. An opening made by riving or splitting; a cleft; a
        fissure. --Spenser.
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     2. A shallow place in a stream; a ford.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rift \Rift\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rifted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     To cleave; to rive; to split; as, to rift an oak or a rock;
     to rift the clouds. --Longfellow.
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           To dwell these rifted rocks between.     --Wordsworth.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rift \Rift\, v. i.
     1. To burst open; to split. --Shak.
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              Timber . . . not apt to rif with ordnance. --Bacon.
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     2. To belch. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a gap between cloud masses; "the sun shone through a rift
           in the clouds"
      2: a narrow fissure in rock
      3: a personal or social separation (as between opposing
         factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations" [syn:
         rupture, breach, break, severance, rift, falling

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  209 Moby Thesaurus words for "rift":
     abysm, abyss, alienation, arroyo, birthmark, blackhead, bleb,
     blemish, blister, box canyon, breach, breach of friendship, break,
     breakage, broach, bug, bulla, burst, canyon, catch, cavity, chap,
     chasm, check, chimney, chink, chinky, chip, cicatrix, cleavage,
     cleave, cleft, cleuch, clough, cloven, col, comedo, conflict,
     coulee, couloir, crack, cracked, cranny, crater, craze, crevasse,
     crevice, cut, cut open, cwm, defacement, defect, defection,
     deficiency, defile, deformation, deformity, dehiscent, dell,
     difference, dike, disaffection, disagreement, disfavor,
     disfiguration, disfigurement, dispart, disruption, distance,
     distortion, disunion, disunity, ditch, divaricate, divergence,
     divide, dividedness, division, donga, draw, drawback, estrangement,
     excavation, failing, failure, falling-out, fault, faute, fissure,
     fissured, fissury, flaw, flume, fly open, foible, fracture,
     frailty, freckle, furrow, gap, gape, gaping, gappy, gash, gorge,
     groove, gulch, gulf, gully, hemangioma, hiatus, hickey, hole,
     imperfection, inadequacy, incise, incision, infirmity,
     interruption, interval, joint, keloid, kink, kloof, lay open, leak,
     lentigo, little problem, milium, moat, mole, needle scar, nevus,
     notch, nullah, ope, open, open rupture, open up, opening, part,
     pass, passage, pimple, pit, pock, pockmark, port-wine mark,
     port-wine stain, problem, pustule, ravine, recall of ambassadors,
     rent, rime, rimose, rimulose, rip, rive, rupture, scab, scale,
     scar, schism, scissure, scratch, seam, sebaceous cyst, separate,
     separation, shortcoming, slash, slice, slit, slot, snag,
     something missing, splinter, split, spread, spread out,
     spring open, strawberry mark, sty, swing open, taint, tap, tear,
     tear open, throw open, track, trench, twist, valley, verruca,
     vesicle, void, vulnerable place, wadi, wale, warp, wart, weak link,
     weak point, weakness, weal, welt, wen, whitehead

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