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CLEFT, participle passive of cleave. Divided; split; parted asunder.

CLEFT, noun

1. A space or opening made by splitting; a crack; a crevice; as the cleft of a rock. Isaiah 2:21.

2. A disease in horses; a crack on the bought of the pastern.

3. A piece made by splitting; as a cleft of wood.