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1    a gap or space made by cleaving or splitting; fissure  
2      (Geology)   a fault produced by tension on either side of the fault plane  
3    a gap between two cloud masses; break or chink  
he saw the sun through a rift in the clouds     
4    a break in friendly relations between people, nations, etc.  
5    to burst or cause to burst open; split  
     (C13: from Old Norse; related to Danish rift cleft, Icelandic ript breach of contract)  
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rift          [2]  
      n     (U.S)  
1    a shallow or rocky part in a stream  
2    the backwash from a wave that has just broken  
     (C14: from Old Norse rypta; related to Icelandic ropa to belch)  

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1    breach, break, chink, cleavage, cleft, crack, cranny, crevice, fault, fissure, flaw, fracture, gap, opening, space, split  
2    alienation, breach, difference, disagreement, division, estrangement, falling out     (informal)   quarrel, schism, separation, split  

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Consulter aussi:

rift valley, Great Rift Valley, Rif, rit

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