cleav|ing

cleav|ing
cleave1 «kleev», verb, cleft or cleaved or clove, cleft or cleaved or clo|ven, cleav|ing.
–v.t.
1. a) to cut, divide, or split open; hew asunder: »

A blow of the whale's tail cleft our boat in two.

b) to pass through; pierce; penetrate: »

The airplane swept across the sky, cleaving the clouds.

2. to make by cutting: »

They cleft a path through the woods.

–v.i.
1. to split with a smooth, plane fracture, or in layers; fall asunder.
2. to cut one's way; penetrate; pass.
[Old English clēofan]
cleav´a|ble, adjective.
cleave2 «kleev», intransitive verb. cleaved or (Archaic) clave, cleaved, cleav|ing.
to hold fast; cling: »

to cleave to an idea. He was so frightened that his tongue cleaved to the roof of his mouth. For I cleaved to a cause that I felt to be pure and true (Tennyson).

[Old English cleofian]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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