Rifting



noun
1.
an opening made by splitting, cleaving, etc.; fissure; cleft; chink.
2.
an open space, as in a forest or cloud mass, or a clear interval.
3.
a break in friendly relations:
a rift between two people; a rift between two nations.
4.
a difference in opinion, belief, or interest that causes such a break in friendly relations.
5.
Geology.

a fault.
a graben of regional extent.

6.
the plane or direction along which a log or mass of granite can most easily be split.
7.
wood or a piece of wood that has been split radially from a log.
verb (used with or without object)
8.
to burst open; split.
noun
1.
a gap or space made by cleaving or splitting; fissure
2.
(geology) a long narrow zone of faulting resulting from tensional stress in the earth’s crust
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
verb
5.
to burst or cause to burst open; split
noun (US)
1.
a shallow or rocky part in a stream
2.
the backwash from a wave that has just broken
rift
(rĭft)

A continental rift.

A narrow break, crack, or other opening in a rock, usually made by cracking or splitting.

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