What does the word rift mean?

Usage examples for rift

  1. Then very soon there would come a rift. – The Dark Forest by Hugh Walpole
  2. For a long time they looked at each other in silence, and Salammbo's eyes, in the depths of her long draperies, resembled two stars in the rift of a cloud. – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  3. As soon as Swift had recovered from the first bound of the balloon he had scanned the dark mist, and by the borders of the lake he had found a rift. – A Republic Without a President and Other Stories by Herbert Ward