Cleavable to Clever
(Cleav"a*ble) a. Capable of cleaving or being divided.
1. The act of cleaving or splitting.
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, affording more or less smooth
surfaces; the direction of the dividing plane; a fragment obtained by cleaving, as of a diamond. See Parting.
3. (Geol.) Division into laminæ, like slate, with the lamination not necessarily parallel to the plane of
deposition; usually produced by pressure.
Basal cleavage, cleavage parallel to the base of a crystal, or to the plane of the lateral axes. Cell
cleavage (Biol.), multiplication of cells by fission. See Segmentation. Cubic cleavage, cleavage
parallel to the faces of a cube. Diagonal cleavage, cleavage parallel to ta diagonal plane. Egg
clavage. (Biol.) See Segmentation. Lateral cleavage, cleavage parallel to the lateral planes.
Octahedral, Dodecahedral, or Rhombohedral, cleavage, cleavage parallel to the faces of an
octahedron, dodecahedron, or rhombohedron. Prismatic cleavage, cleavage parallel to a vertical
(Cleave) v. i. [imp. Cleaved Clave (klav, Obs.); p. p. Cleaved; p. pr. & vb. n. Cleaving.]
[OE. cleovien, clivien, cliven, AS. cleofian, clifian; akin to OS. klibon, G. kleben, LG. kliven, D. kleven,
Dan. klæbe, Sw. klibba, and also to G. kleiben to cleve, paste, Icel. klifa to climb. Cf. Climb.]
1. To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast; to cling.
My bones cleave to my skin.
Ps. cii. 5.
The diseases of Egypt . . . shall cleave unto thee.
Deut. xxviii. 60.
Sophistry cleaves close to and protects
Sin's rotten trunk, concealing its defects.
2. To unite or be united closely in interest or affection; to adhere with strong attachment.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife.
Gen. ii. 24.
Cleave unto the Lord your God.
Josh. xxiii. 8.
3. To fit; to be adapted; to assimilate. [Poetic.]
New honors come upon him,
Like our strange garments, cleave not to their mold
But with the aid of use.
(Cleave) v. t. [imp. Cleft Clave Clove (klov, Obsolescent); p. p. Cleft, Cleaved (klevd) or
Cloven (klo"v'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Cleaving.] [OE. cleoven, cleven, AS. cleófan; akin to OS. klioban, D.
klooven, G. klieben, Icel. kljufa, Sw. klyfva, Dan. klöve 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.
O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain.
2. To part or open naturally; to divide.
Every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws.
Deut. xiv. 6.
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