What does the word cleft mean?

Usage examples for cleft

  1. Down that cleft I went, and in its hollow I saw the first post, but as yet nothing more. – On Something by H. Belloc
  2. He brought back from one of his expeditions an Indian letter, which he had found in a cleft stick by the river. – Little Rivers A Book Of Essays In Profitable Idleness by Henry van Dyke
  3. One of the king's men who stood by suddenly raised his axe and cleft Erling's skull, saying: " This is the way to mark a traitor to his king." – The Story of Norway by Hjalmar H. Boyesen