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rift
  • noun
    A crack, split, or break in something. (the wind had torn open a rift in the clouds)
    A serious break in friendly relations. (their demise caused a rift between the city's town and gown)
    verb
    Form fissures, cracks, or breaks, especially through large-scale faulting; move apart. (a fragment of continental crust that rifted away from eastern Australia)

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