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Cleavage vs. Fracture — What's the Difference?

Cleavage vs. Fracture — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Cleavage and Fracture

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Cleavage

The act of splitting or cleaving.
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Fracture

Fracture is the separation of an object or material into two or more pieces under the action of stress. The fracture of a solid usually occurs due to the development of certain displacement discontinuity surfaces within the solid.
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Cleavage

The state of being split or cleft; a fissure or division.
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Fracture

The act or process of breaking.
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Cleavage

(Mineralogy) The splitting or tendency to split of a crystallized substance along definite crystalline planes, yielding smooth surfaces.
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Fracture

The condition of having been broken or ruptured
"a sudden and irreparable fracture of the established order" (W. Bruce Lincoln).
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Cleavage

The series of mitotic cell divisions that produces a blastula from a fertilized ovum. It is the basis of the multicellularity of complex organisms. Also called segmentation.
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Fracture

A break, rupture, or crack, especially in bone or cartilage.
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Cleavage

Any single cell division in such a series.
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Fracture

The characteristic manner in which a mineral breaks.
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Cleavage

(Chemistry) The splitting of a complex molecule, such as a polysaccharide, into simpler molecules.
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Fracture

The characteristic appearance of the surface of a broken mineral.
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Cleavage

(Informal) The cleft between a woman's breasts as revealed by a low-cut garment.
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Fracture

(Geology) A crack or fault in a rock.
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Cleavage

The act of cleaving or the state of being cleft.
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Fracture

To cause to break
The impact of the fall fractured the bone.
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Cleavage

The hollow or separation between a woman's breasts, especially as revealed by a low neckline.
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Fracture

To undergo a break in (a bone)
He fractured his ankle in the fall.
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Cleavage

(by extension) Any similar separation between two body parts, such as the buttocks or toes.
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Fracture

To disrupt or destroy as if by breaking
Fractured the delicate balance of power.
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Cleavage

(biology) The repeated division of a cell into daughter cells after mitosis.
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Fracture

To abuse or misuse flagrantly, as by violating rules
Ignorant writers who fracture the language.
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Cleavage

(chemistry) The splitting of a large molecule into smaller ones.
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Fracture

(Slang) To cause to laugh heartily
"Jack Benny fractured audiences ... for more than 50 years" (Newsweek).
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Cleavage

(mineralogy) The tendency of a crystal to split along specific planes.
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Fracture

To undergo a fracture.
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Cleavage

(politics) The division of voters into voting blocs.
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Fracture

An instance of breaking, a place where something has broken.
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Cleavage

The act of cleaving or splitting.
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Fracture

(medicine) A break in bone or cartilage.
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Cleavage

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.
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Fracture

(geology) A fault or crack in a rock.
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Cleavage

Division into laminæ, like slate, with the lamination not necessarily parallel to the plane of deposition; - usually produced by pressure.
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Fracture

(ambitransitive) To break, or cause something to break.
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Cleavage

The state of being split or cleft
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Fracture

To amuse (a person) greatly; to split someone's sides.
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Cleavage

The breaking of a chemical bond in a molecule resulting in smaller molecules
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Fracture

The act of breaking or snapping asunder; rupture; breach.
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Cleavage

(embryology) the repeated division of a fertilised ovum
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Fracture

The breaking of a bone.
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Cleavage

The line formed by a groove between two parts (especially the separation between a woman's breasts)
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Fracture

The texture of a freshly broken surface; as, a compact fracture; an even, hackly, or conchoidal fracture.
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Cleavage

The act of cleaving or splitting
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Fracture

To cause a fracture or fractures in; to break; to burst asunder; to crack; to separate the continuous parts of; as, to fracture a bone; to fracture the skull.
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Fracture

Breaking of hard tissue such as bone;
It was a nasty fracture
The break seems to have been caused by a fall
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Fracture

(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other;
They built it right over a geological fault
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Fracture

The act of cracking something
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Fracture

Violate or abuse;
This writer really fractures the language
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Fracture

Interrupt, break, or destroy;
Fracture the balance of power
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Fracture

Break into pieces;
The pothole fractured a bolt on the axle
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Fracture

Become fractured;
The tibia fractured from the blow of the iron pipe
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Fracture

Break (a bone);
She broke her clavicle
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Fracture

Fracture a bone of;
I broke my foot while playing hockey
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