Discontinuity vs Rift – What’s the difference?

Discontinuity vs Rift - What's the difference?
Discontinuity is a related term of rift. As nouns the difference between discontinuity and rift is that discontinuity is a lack of continuity, regularity or sequence; a break or gap while rift is a chasm or fissure. As a verb rift is to form a or rift can be to belch or rift can be .





  • A lack of continuity, regularity or sequence; a break or gap.
  • *2012 , , Turing’s Cathedral , Penguin 2013, p. 57:
  • *:Shock waves are sudden discontinuities propagated in compressible media – usually air.
  • (mathematics) A point in the range of a function at which it is undefined or discontinuous.
  • (geology) a subterranean interface at which seismic velocities change
  • Derived terms

    * Gutenberg discontinuity
    * discontinuous



    (wikipedia rift )

    Etymology 1

    Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish/Norwegian ” ‘breach’, Old Norse ”rífa ‘to tear’. More at rive.


    (en noun )

  • A chasm or fissure.
  • My marriage is in trouble, the fight created a rift between us and we can’t reconnect.
    The Grand Canyon is a rift in the Earth’s surface, but is smaller than some of the undersea ones.
  • A break in the clouds, fog, mist etc., which allows light through.
  • * 1931 , William Faulkner, Sanctuary , Vintage 1993, page 130:
  • I have but one rift in the darkness, that is that I have injured no one save myself by my folly, and that the extent of that folly you will never learn.
  • A shallow place in a stream; a ford.
  • Verb

    (en verb )

  • To form a .
  • To cleave; to rive; to split.
  • to rift an oak
  • * Wordsworth
  • To dwell these rifted rocks between.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) rypta.


    (en verb )

  • To belch.
  • Etymology 3



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