Cleave v. t. [imp. Cleft Clave ( Obs.), Clove ( Obsolescent); p. p. Cleft, Cleaved or Cloven p. pr. & vb. n. Cleaving.]
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. 6.
Cleft imp. & p. p. from Cleave.
1. Divided; split; partly divided or split.
2. Bot. Incised nearly to the midrib; as, a cleft leaf.
1. A space or opening made by splitting; a crack; a crevice; as, the cleft of a rock.
2. A piece made by splitting; as, a cleft of wood.
3. Far. A disease in horses; a crack on the band of the pastern.
Branchial clefts. See under Branchial.
Syn: -- Crack; crevice; fissure; chink; cranny.
adj 1: used of hooves [syn: cloven, bisulcate]
2: having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib
n 1: a split or indentation in something (as the palate or chin)
2: a long narrow opening [syn: crack, crevice, fissure, scissure]
v 1: separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument;
"cleave the bone" [syn: 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"
[syn: cling, adhere, stick, cohere]
[also: cloven, clove, cleft]