Cleft refers to a split or separation in something that was supposed to be whole or complete.
– The earthquake caused a cleft in the ground, creating a deep fissure. (Fissure means a narrow opening or crack.)
– The surgeon performed a cleft lip [split or seperation in the upper lip] repair surgery on the newborn baby.
Very Simple Definition:
Cleft means to be split or separated.
– The rock was cleft in two by the powerful blow.
– The cleft tree trunk created a cozy hiding spot for the squirrel.