, n. [OE. clift; cf. Sw. klyft cave, den, Icel. kluft cleft, Dan. klft, G. kluft. See Cleave to split and cf. 2d Clift, 1st Clough.] 1. A space or opening made by splitting; a crack; a crevice; as, the cleft of a rock. Is. ii. 21.
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2. A piece made by splitting; as, a cleft of wood.
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3. (Far.) A disease in horses; a crack on the band of the pastern.
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Branchial clefts. See under Branchial.

Syn. -- Crack; crevice; fissure; chink; cranny.
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