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English Dictionary: cleave by the DICT Development Group
4 results for cleave
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument; "cleave the bone"
    Synonym(s): cleave, split, rive
  2. make by cutting into; "The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock"
  3. 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"
    Synonym(s): cling, cleave, adhere, stick, cohere
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Cleave \Cleave\ (kl[emac]v), v. t. [imp. {Cleft} (kl[ecr]ft),
      {Clave} (kl[amac]v, Obs.), {Clove} (kl[omac]v, Obsolescent);
      p. p. {Cleft}, {Cleaved} (kl[emac]vd) or {Cloven}
      (kl[omac]"v'n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cleaving}.] [OE. cleoven,
      cleven, AS. cle[a2]fan; akin to OS. klioban, D. klooven, G.
      klieben, Icel. klj[d4]fa, Sw. klyfva, Dan. kl[94]ve and prob.
      to Gr. gly`fein to carve, L. glubere to peel. Cf. {Cleft}.]
      1. To part or divide by force; to split or rive; to cut.
                     O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain. --Shak.
      2. To part or open naturally; to divide.
                     Every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the
                     cleft into two claws.                        --Deut. xiv.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Cleave \Cleave\ (kl[emac]v), v. i. [imp. {Cleaved} (kl[emac]vd),
      {Clave} (kl[amac]v, Obs.); p. p. {Cleaved}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Cleaving}.] [OE. cleovien, clivien, cliven, AS. cleofian,
      clifian; akin to OS. klib[d3]n, G. kleben, LG. kliven, D.
      kleven, Dan. kl[91]be, Sw. klibba, and also to G. kleiben to
      cleve, paste, Icel. kl[c6]fa to climb. Cf. {Climb}.]
      1. To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast; to cling.
                     My bones cleave to my skin.               --Ps. cii. 5.
                     The diseases of Egypt . . . shall cleave unto thee.
                                                                              xxviii. 60.
                     Sophistry cleaves close to and protects Sin's rotten
                     trunk, concealing its defects.            --Cowper.
      2. To unite or be united closely in interest or affection; to
            adhere with strong attachment.
                     Therefore shall a man leave his father and his
                     mother, and shall cleave unto his wife. --Gen. ii.
                     Cleave unto the Lord your God.            --Josh. xxiii.
      3. To fit; to be adapted; to assimilate. [Poetic.]
                     New honors come upon him, Like our strange garments,
                     cleave not to their mold But with the aid of use.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Cleave \Cleave\, v. i.
      To part; to open; to crack; to separate; as parts of bodies;
      as, the ground cleaves by frost.
               The Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst. --Zech.
                                                                              xiv. 4.
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