noun Date: 1816 1. a. the quality of a crystallized substance or rock of splitting along definite planes; also the occurrence of such splitting b. a fragment (as of a diamond) obtained by splitting 2. the action of cleaving ; the state of being cleft 3. the series of synchronized mitotic cell divisions of a fertilized egg that results in the formation of the blastomeres and changes the single-celled zygote into a multicellular embryo; also one of these cell divisions 4. the splitting of a molecule into simpler molecules 5. the depression between a woman's breasts especially when made visible by a low-cut neckline

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  • Cleavage — Cleav age, n. 1. The act of cleaving or splitting. [1913 Webster] 2. (Crystallog.) The quality possessed by many crystallized substances of splitting readily in one or more definite directions, in which the cohesive attraction is a minimum,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cleavage — may refer to: Cleavage (breasts), partial exposure of the separation between a woman s breasts. Cleavage enhancement, methods of making a person s breast cleavage look more substantial than it really is. Buttock cleavage, minor exposure of the… …   Wikipedia

  • cleavage — cleavage. См. дробление. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Cleavage — Cleavage. См. Расщепление. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

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  • cleavage — 1816, in geology, action of splitting (rocks or gems) along natural fissures, from CLEAVE (Cf. cleave) (1) + AGE (Cf. age). General meaning action or state of cleaving or being cleft is from 1867. The sense of cleft between a woman s breasts in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • cleavage — [n] gap break, chasm, cleft, discontinuity, divide, division, fracture, hole, rift, schism, separation, severance, split, valley; concept 513 …   New thesaurus

  • cleavage — ► NOUN 1) a sharp division; a split. 2) the cleft between a woman s breasts. 3) Biology cell division, especially of a fertilized egg cell. 4) the splitting of rocks or crystals in a preferred plane or direction …   English terms dictionary

  • cleavage — [klēv′ij] n. 1. a cleaving, splitting, or dividing 2. the manner in which a thing splits 3. a cleft; fissure; division 4. the hollow between a woman s breasts, as made visible by a low cut neckline 5. Biol. a) cell division, esp. the series of… …   English World dictionary

  • cleavage — 1. (cleavage) (4355↑, 594↓) the visible gap between a woman s breasts. Zero gap preferred, 1/2 is interesting, 3 is boring, 5 is too much. I like to casually look down the front of Jessica s blouse to view her cleavage Author: Jake… …   Urban English dictionary

  • cleavage — /klee vij/, n. 1. the act of cleaving or splitting. 2. the state of being cleft. 3. the area between a woman s breasts, esp. when revealed by a low cut neckline. 4. a critical division in opinion, beliefs, interests, etc., as leading to… …   Universalium

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