cleave
I. intransitive verb (cleaved or clove; also clave; cleaved; cleaving) Etymology: Middle English clevien, from Old English clifian; akin to Old High German kleben to stick Date: before 12th century to adhere firmly and closely or loyally and unwaveringly Synonyms: see stick II. verb (cleaved; also cleft or clove; cleaved; also cleft or cloven; cleaving) Etymology: Middle English cleven, from Old English clēofan; akin to Old Norse kljūfa to split, Latin glubere to peel, Greek glyphein to carve Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to divide by or as if by a cutting blow ; split 2. to separate into distinct parts and especially into groups having divergent views 3. to subject to chemical cleavage <
a protein cleaved by an enzyme
>
intransitive verb 1. to split especially along the grain 2. to penetrate or pass through something by or as if by cutting Synonyms: see tear

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  • cleave — [kli:v] v past tense cleaved , clove [kləuv US klouv] , or cleft [kleft] past participle cleaved , past tense cloven [ˈkləuvən US ˈklou ] or cleft [: Old English; Origin: cleofan. cleave to Old English clifian] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • cleave — Ⅰ. cleave [1] ► VERB (past clove or cleft or cleaved; past part. cloven or cleft or cleaved) 1) split or sever along a natural grain or line. 2) divide; split …   English terms dictionary

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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