Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)


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Cleave (Page: 263)

Cleave (?), v. t. [imp. Cleft (?), Clave (), Clove (), (Obsolescent); p. p. Cleft, Cleaved () or Cloven (); p. pr. & vb. n. Cleaving.] [OE. cleoven, cleven, AS. cleófan; akin to OS. klioban, D. klooven, G. klieben, Icel. kljūfa, Sw. klyfva, Dan. klöve and prob. to Gr. to carve, L. glubere to peel. Cf. Cleft.]

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

O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain. Shak.

2. To pert or open naturally; to divide.

Every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws. Deut. xiv. 6.

Cleave (Page: 263)

Cleave, v. i. 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. Zech. xiv. 4.