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  1. simple past tense and past participle of reave


reft (plural refts)

  1. A chink; a rift.
    • 1870, Dr. Bence Jones, The Life and Letters of Faraday, Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., Vol. II, Chapter II, p. 146, [1]
      At one time the summit was beautifully bathed in golden light, whilst the middle part was quite blue, and the snow of its peculiar blue-green colour in the refts. Some of the glaciers are very distinct to us, and with the telescope I can see the refts and corrugations of the different parts, and the edges from which avalanches have fallen []
    • 1894, Ivan Dexter, Talmud: A Strange Narrative of Central Australia, published in serial form in Port Adelaide News and Lefevre's Peninsula Advertiser (SA), Chapter VII, [2]
      Now and again through a reft in the smoke a gleam of sunshine could be seen striking the rocks on the great peak to the west, but it had little or no effect in the gorge.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of The Romaunt of the Rose to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for reft in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)