Cleave Cleave (kl[=e]v), v. t. [imp. {Cleft} (kl[e^]ft), {Clave} (kl[=a]v, Obs.), {Clove} (kl[=o]v, Obsolescent); p. p. {Cleft}, {Cleaved} (kl[=e]vd) or {Cloven} (kl[=o]"v'n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cleaving}.] [OE. cleoven, cleven, AS. cle['o]fan; akin to OS. klioban, D. klooven, G. klieben, Icel. klj[=u]fa, Sw. klyfva, Dan. kl["o]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. [1913 Webster]

O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To part or open naturally; to divide. [1913 Webster]

Every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws. --Deut. xiv. 6. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Cloven — Clo ven (kl[=o] v n), p. p. & a. from {Cleave}, v. t. [1913 Webster] {To show the cloven foot} or {To show the cloven hoof}, to reveal a devilish character, or betray an evil purpose, notwithstanding disguises, Satan being represented… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cloven — pp. adj. from CLEAVE (Cf. cleave) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cloven — [klō′vən] vt., vi. alt. pp. of CLEAVE1 adj. divided; split …   English World dictionary

  • cloven — adj. split, partly divided. Phrases and idioms: cloven hoof (or foot) the divided hoof of ruminant quadrupeds (e.g. oxen, sheep, goats); also ascribed to the god Pan, and so to the Devil. show the cloven hoof reveal one s evil nature. Derivatives …   Useful english dictionary

  • cloven — /ˈkloʊvən / (say klohvuhn) verb 1. past participle of cleave2. –adjective 2. cleft; split; divided: cloven feet; cloven hoofs …   Australian English dictionary

  • cloven — /kloh veuhn/, v. 1. a pp. of cleave2 adj. 2. cleft; split; divided: Goats have cloven hoofs. * * * …   Universalium

  • cloven — clo•ven [[t]ˈkloʊ vən[/t]] v. 1) a pp. of cleave II 2) cleft; split; divided: the cloven hoof of a goat[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • cloven — past participle of cleave …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cloven — adjective Split or divided …   Wiktionary

  • cloven — Synonyms and related words: bifurcated, bisected, branched, branching, chinky, cleft, cracked, cut, dehiscent, dichotomous, dimidiate, divided, fissured, fissury, forked, forking, gaping, gappy, halved, in pieces, in shreds, lacerate, lacerated,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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