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Rift Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    rift 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, falling out}]
Rift Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Rift \Rift\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rifted; p. pr. & vb. n. Rifting.] To cleave; to rive; to split; as, to rift an oak or a rock; to rift the clouds. --Longfellow. To dwell these rifted rocks between. --Wordsworth.
Rift Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Rift \Rift\, v. i.
  1. To burst open; to split. --Shak. Timber . . . not apt to rif with ordnance. --Bacon.
  2. To belch. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
Rift Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.
  2. A shallow place in a stream; a ford.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Rift'


In geology, a rift or chasm is a place where the Earth's crust and lithosphere are being pulled apart

Typical rift features are a central linear downfaulted segment, called a graben, with parallel normal faulting and rift-flank uplifts on either side forming a rift valley, where the rift remains above sea level. The axis of the rift area commonly contains volcanic rocks and active volcanism is a part of many, but not all active rift systems.

Major rifts occur along the central axis of mid-ocean ridges, where new oceanic crust and lithosphere is created along a divergent boundary between two tectonic plates.

Failed rifts are where continental rifting began, but then failed to continue to the point of break-up. Typically the transition from rifting to spreading develops at a triple junction where three converging rifts meet over a hotspot. Two of these evolve to the point of seafloor spreading, while the third ultimately fails, becoming an aulacogen.

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