Cleave



to adhere closely; stick; cling (usually followed by to).
to remain faithful (usually followed by to):
to cleave to one’s principles in spite of persecution.
to split or divide by or as if by a cutting blow, especially along a natural line of division, as the grain of wood.
to make by or as if by cutting:
to cleave a path through the wilderness.
to penetrate or pass through (air, water, etc.):
The bow of the boat cleaved the water cleanly.
to cut off; sever:
to cleave a branch from a tree.
to part or split, especially along a natural line of division.
to penetrate or advance by or as if by cutting (usually followed by through).
Historical Examples

Garrison’s Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
The Best Short Stories of 1920 Various
The Rebel of the School Mrs. L. T. Meade
The Long Roll Mary Johnston
By Violence John Trevena
The Long Roll Mary Johnston
Selections from Early Middle English 1130-1250: Part II: Notes Various
The Long Roll Mary Johnston
The Long Roll Mary Johnston
The Long Roll Mary Johnston

verb cleaves, cleaving, cleft, cleaved, clove, cleft, cleaved, cloven
to split or cause to split, esp along a natural weakness
(transitive) to make by or as if by cutting: to cleave a path
when intr, foll by through. to penetrate or traverse
verb
(intransitive) foll by to. to cling or adhere
v.

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