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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcleftcleft1 /kleft/ noun [countable]  1 a natural crack in something, especially the surface of rocks or the Earth2 an area on the chin or lip that goes slightly inwards
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cleftSlice was perched along the sides of a cleft in the mountains that couldn't be dignified by the name of valley.a cleft in the granite cliffThe entire site looks across the valley to a further cleft in the mountains.This mountain may possess other features, but the double peak or notched cleft remains constant.Rain looked down into the steep cleft of another valley.Above, the cleft was barred by vertical walls forming a difficult obstacle, demanding care and attention.No-one lives up here in the cleft of the White Kielder Burn.An action potential in the presynaptic neuron releases neurotransmitter into the cleft.
cleftcleft2 adjective   be (caught) in a cleft stick
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cleftFor various examples of cleft and pseudo-cleft structures, see sections and of this chapter.Once here he will have an operation to repair a cleft palate by plastic surgeon Charles Viva.The cleft stick plight which is his current political position is displayed most vividly over Mr Heseltine's coal mine dilemma.
cleftcleft3  XXa past tense and past participle of cleave
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