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cleavage

cleav·age

cleavage

pronunciation:
kli vj
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of cleaving or the state of being cleaved.
definition 2: the tendency to split along certain definite lines, as in some stones.
similar words:
fracture
definition 3: the space between a woman's breasts, esp. when revealed by a low-cut garment.
definition 4: the splitting of an organization into opposing groups, as from conflicting ideas; faction.
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The word cleavage contains the following part:
-age Latin noun-forming suffix that means act, process, or result of (the action indicated by the verb base)
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The suffix -age attaches primarily to bases that are English verbs to form nouns. Base-final y becomes i and base-final silent e is dropped before ľage (carry + -age > carriage , store + -age > storage ) Some nouns ending in -age are loan words from French (voyage , courage ) whose bases are Latin roots.