a space or opening made by cleavage; a split.
a division formed by cleaving.
a hollow area or indentation:
a chin with a cleft.
Veterinary Pathology. a crack on the bend of the pastern of a horse.
a simple past tense and past participle of cleave2 .
cloven; split; divided.
(of a leaf, corolla, lobe, or other expanded plant part) having divisions formed by incisions or narrow sinuses that extend more than halfway to the midrib or the base.
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).
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the past tense and a past participle of cleave1
a fissure or crevice
an indentation or split in something, such as the chin, palate, etc
(of leaves) having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib
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
(intransitive) foll by to. to cling or adhere
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