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Rift, Ryf(f)t, n.1 Also: ryift. [ME and e.m.E. rift (Cursor M.), ON ript breach of contract. Cf. Dan. and Norw. rift a cleft, chink, etc.] a. A cleft or fissure in the earth, a rock, etc. b. A gap in the clouds. c. A rent, split, crack or chink in any material object. d. fig. or in fig. context. a. Sa wgsum thare that opynnyng fell That throuch a ryfft men mycht se hell; Wynt. iv 1202.
Fra he downe fell in that gape All that ryfft togyddyre crape; Ib. 1221.
Salt watir stremmys Fast bullerand in at euery ryft and boyr; Doug. i iii 51.
A ryft or swelch … Till Acheron revin dovne; Ib. vii ix 61.
b. We se The schynand brokkyn thundris lychtnyng fle Wyth subtil fyry stremys throu a ryft; Doug. viii vii 47.
The subtile mottie rayons light, At rifts thay are in wonne; Hume 27/54.
c. The saymyt barge, Sa ful of ryftys, and with lekkis perbrake; Doug. vi vi 63.
For solding and mending of dyvers ryftis [pr. rystis] in the uther gutteris; 1561–2 Edinb. Old Acc. II 160.
1563–4 Ib. 196.
Ane hundereth dailis guid and sufficient … withowt ony rift; 1590 Crail B. Ct. MS 11 April.
There are some [metals] that are full of rifts or empty spaces … termed by the vulgar, cutters; Sinclair Hydrostaticks 187.
The largest bell … had got a rift by the fall which it got; Wallace Orkney 54.
(b) For beiring of clay to stoip the ryiftis & hoillis about the orlaige; 1582 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 148.
d. Behold at how narow a rift that awld lubrik serpent hathe slydin in; Hume 171/119.
These … narrow souls can hold little of it [sc. love] because we are full of rifts; 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1894) 478.

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