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cleave2

cleave2

pronunciation:
kliv
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: cleaved, cleaves, cleaving, cleft, clove, cloven
definition 1: to cut apart by a splitting blow.
She cleaved the log into three sections.
synonyms:
chop, cut, rive, split
similar words:
bifurcate, bisect, divide, hack, halve, hew, quarter, rend, rift, section, separate, sever, sunder
definition 2: to penetrate or pass through as if by splitting.
The jet plane cleaves the air.
synonyms:
cut through, pass through, penetrate, sail through, shear, slice through
similar words:
clip, cut, rip through, slide through, slip through, tear
definition 3: to make by or as if by splitting.
They are cleaving a tunnel through the mountain.
similar words:
bore, chop, cut
definition 4: to cut off, as with an ax.
synonyms:
chop, chop off, cut off, hack, hack off
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to split or separate, esp. along a natural line.
The rock will cleave here.
synonyms:
separate, split
similar words:
bifurcate, break, divide, fracture, rupture
definition 2: to go forward by or as if by splitting (usu. fol. by through).
The ship's prow was cleaving through the waves.
synonyms:
slice
similar words:
cut, knife, rip, sail, slash, slide, slip, tear