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Cleaver vs. Cleave

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Cleavernoun

A squarish, heavy knife used by butchers for hacking through bones, etc.

Cleaveverb

(transitive) To split or sever something with, or as if with, a sharp instrument.

‘The wings cleaved the foggy air.’;

Cleavernoun

A type of clave, or rhythm stick, a concussive musical instrument used in traditional Bahamian music.

Cleaveverb

To break a single crystal (such as a gemstone or semiconductor wafer) along one of its more symmetrical crystallographic planes (often by impact), forming facets on the resulting pieces.

Cleavernoun

(metaphoric) The act of eliminating someone or something, especially when done by someone with a history of other eliminations; a dismissal, rejection, or removal.

Cleaveverb

(intransitive) To make or accomplish by or as if by cutting.

‘The truck cleaved a path through the ice.’;

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Cleavernoun

One who cleaves, or that which cleaves; especially, a butcher's instrument for cutting animal bodies into joints or pieces.

Cleaveverb

To split (a complex molecule) into simpler molecules.

Cleavernoun

a butcher's knife having a large square blade

Cleaveverb

(intransitive) To split.

Cleaver

A cleaver is a large knife that varies in its shape but usually resembles a rectangular-bladed hatchet. It is largely used as a kitchen or butcher knife and is mostly intended for splitting up large pieces of soft bones and through thick pieces of meat.

Cleaveverb

Of a crystal, to split along a natural plane of division.

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Cleaveverb

(intransitive) To cling, adhere or stick fast to something; used with to or unto.

Cleavenoun

(technology) Flat, smooth surface produced by cleavage, or any similar surface produced by similar techniques, as in glass.

Cleaveverb

To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast; to cling.

‘My bones cleave to my skin.’; ‘The diseases of Egypt . . . shall cleave unto thee.’; ‘Sophistry cleaves close to and protectsSin's rotten trunk, concealing its defects.’;

Cleaveverb

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.’; ‘Cleave unto the Lord your God.’;

Cleaveverb

To fit; to be adapted; to assimilate.

‘New honors come upon him,Like our strange garments, cleave not to their moldBut with the aid of use.’;

Cleaveverb

To part or divide by force; to split or rive; to cut.

‘O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain.’;

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Cleaveverb

To part or open naturally; to divide.

‘Every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws.’;

Cleaveverb

To part; to open; to crack; to separate; as parts of bodies; as, the ground cleaves by frost.

‘The Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst.’;

Cleaveverb

separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument;

‘cleave the bone’;

Cleaveverb

make by cutting into;

‘The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock’;

Cleaveverb

come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation;

‘The dress clings to her body’; ‘The label stuck to the box’; ‘The sushi rice grains cohere’;

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