Definition Of cleft


a fissure or split, especially one in rock or the ground.

The kraal had been ripped asunder, and the ground within the rock cleft and by the cave entrance was littered with dead sheep.

split or sever (something), especially along a natural line or grain.

the large ax his father used to cleave wood for the fire

split, divided, or partially divided into two.

a cleft chin

stick fast to.

Rose's mouth was dry, her tongue cleaving to the roof of her mouth

Example Of cleft

  • A member of the craniofacial team introduces the new parents to the parent-to-parent network available to parents of infants with cleft deformities.

  • A second patient brought mobile phone images of his partner's episodic natal cleft rash, which had defied GP and dermatological diagnosis for 3 years.

  • A thin cleft in the rock split the ridge like a wound.

  • Advances in neonatology and pediatric anesthesia now have made it possible to perform cleft repair surgery during the neonatal period.

  • And born with severely bowed legs and cleft feet, he walked with metal braces.

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