Associations to the word «Cleave»


CLEAVE, verb. (transitive) To split or sever something with, or as if with, a sharp instrument.
CLEAVE, verb. (transitive) (mineralogy) 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.
CLEAVE, verb. (transitive) To make or accomplish by or as if by cutting.
CLEAVE, verb. (transitive) (chemistry) To split (a complex molecule) into simpler molecules.
CLEAVE, verb. (intransitive) To split.
CLEAVE, verb. (intransitive) (mineralogy) Of a crystal, to split along a natural plane of division.
CLEAVE, noun. (technology) Flat, smooth surface produced by cleavage, or any similar surface produced by similar techniques, as in glass.
CLEAVE, verb. (intransitive) To cling, adhere or stick fast to something; used with to or unto.

Dictionary definition

CLEAVE, verb. Separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument; "cleave the bone".
CLEAVE, verb. Make by cutting into; "The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock".
CLEAVE, verb. Come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; "The dress clings to her body"; "The label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere".

Wise words

Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
Nathaniel Hawthorne