To split or sever something or as if with a sharp instrument. (verb)
To break a single crystal (such as a gemstone or semiconductor wafer) along one of its more symmetrical crystallographic planes (often by impact), forming facets on the resulting pieces. (verb)
To make or accomplish by or as if by cutting. (verb)
To split (a complex molecule) into simpler molecules. (verb)
To split. (verb)
Of a crystal, to split along a natural plane of division. (verb)
Flat, smooth surface produced by cleavage, or any similar surface produced by similar techniques, as in glass. (noun)
To cling, adhere or stick fast to something; used with to or unto. (verb)
Examples of word cleave
Like the word "cleave," there are two meanings involved in the word "occupy," one of which is the exact opposite of the other.
The word "occupy" is a bit like the word "cleave," which, as Alan Watts was fond of pointing out, has two meanings, one of which is the precise opposite of the other.
The word cleave denotes a union of the firmest kind.
Greenberg, while seeing no hint of an erotic bond in this story, sees the word cleave in Ruth 1: 14, and the similarity of Ruth's forceful language in expressing the willingness to stay, as indicating an "erotic pull."
now, I thought I'd mention how queer it is the definitions of the word "cleave" imply both togetherness *and* separation.