(Cleave), v. i. To part; to open; to crack; to separate; as parts of bodies; as, the ground cleaves by
The Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst.
Zech. xiv. 4.
(Cleave"land*ite) n. [From Professor Parker Cleaveland.] (Min.) A variety of albite,
white and lamellar in structure.
(Cleav"er) n. One who cleaves, or that which cleaves; especially, a butcher's instrument for cutting
animal bodies into joints or pieces.
(Cleav"ers) n. [From Cleave to stick.] (Bot.) A species of Galium having a fruit set with
hooked bristles, which adhere to whatever they come in contact with; called also, goose grass, catchweed,
(||Clé`ché") a. [F. cléché.] (Her.) Charged with another bearing of the same figure, and of the color
of the field, so large that only a narrow border of the first bearing remains visible; said of any heraldic
bearing. Compare Voided.
(Cle"chy) a. See Cléché.
(Cledge) n. [Cf. Clay.] (Mining.) The upper stratum of fuller's earth.
(Cledg"y) a. Stiff, stubborn, clayey, or tenacious; as, a cledgy soil. Halliwell.
(Clee) n. A claw. [Obs.] Holland.
(Clee), n. (Zoöl.) The redshank.
(Clef) n. [F. clef key, a key in music, fr. L. clavis key. See Clavicle.] (Mus.) A character used in
musical notation to determine the position and pitch of the scale as represented on the staff.
The clefs are three in number, called the C, F, and G clefs, and are probably corruptions or modifications
of these letters. They indicate that the letters of absolute pitch belonging to the lines upon which they
are placed, are respectively C, F, and G. The F or bass clef, and the G or treble clef, are fixed in their
positions upon the staff. The C clef may have three positions. It may be placed upon the first or lower
line of the staff, in which case it is called soprano clef, upon the third line, in which case it called alto
clef, or upon the fourth line, in which case tenor clef. It rarely or never is placed upon the second line,
except in ancient music. See other forms of C clef under C, 2.
Alto clef, Bass clef. See under Alto, Bass.
(Cleft) imp. & p. p. from Cleave.
1. Divided; split; partly divided or split.
2. (Bot.) Incised nearly to the midrib; as, a cleft leaf.
(Cleft), n. [OE. clift; cf. Sw. klyft cave, den, Icel. kluft cleft, Dan. klöft, G. kluft. See Cleave to
split and cf. 2d Clift, 1st Clough.]
1. A space or opening made by splitting; a crack; a crevice; as, the cleft of a rock. Is. ii. 21.
2. A piece made by splitting; as, a cleft of wood.