What does cleavage mean?

Definitions for cleavage
ˈkli vɪdʒcleav·age

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cleavage(noun)

    the state of being split or cleft

    "there was a cleavage between the liberal and conservative members"

  2. cleavage(noun)

    the breaking of a chemical bond in a molecule resulting in smaller molecules

  3. cleavage, segmentation(noun)

    (embryology) the repeated division of a fertilised ovum

  4. cleavage(noun)

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

  5. cleavage(noun)

    the act of cleaving or splitting


  1. cleavage(Noun)

    The act of cleaving or the state of being cleft.

  2. cleavage(Noun)

    The tendency of a crystal to split along specific planes.

  3. cleavage(Noun)

    The repeated division of a cell into daughter cells after mitosis.

  4. cleavage(Noun)

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

  5. cleavage(Noun)

    The splitting of a large molecule into smaller ones.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cleavage(noun)

    the act of cleaving or splitting

  2. Cleavage(noun)

    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

  3. Cleavage(noun)

    division into laminae, like slate, with the lamination not necessarily parallel to the plane of deposition; -- usually produced by pressure


  1. Cleavage

    Crystal parting occurs when minerals break along planes of structural weakness due to external stress or along twin composition planes. Parting breaks are very similar in appearance to cleavage, but only occur due to stress. Examples include magnetite which shows octahedral parting, the rhombohedral parting of corundum and basal parting in pyroxenes.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cleavage

    The splitting of any body having a structure or line of cleavage: as fir cleaves longitudinally, slates horizontally, stones roughly, smoothly, conchoidal, or stratified, &c.

How to pronounce cleavage?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cleavage in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cleavage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of cleavage in a Sentence

  1. Raivon Lee:

    Many times, you will see more 'cleavage' in the name of fashion than you ever would from a mom feeding her child.

  2. Hulya Gulbahar:

    In a majority of Turkey's female abuse cases, the perpetrators receive mitigations in their sentences due to court's detection of consent granted by the victim, in some cases, wearing a miniskirt or some cleavage got the woman's rapist mitigation in his punishment, while in some cases the consent was attached to her wearing red.

Images & Illustrations of cleavage

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  • деление, разцепване, цепка, цепимост, разцеплениеBulgarian
  • escotCatalan, Valencian
  • výstřih, štěpnost, štěpení, rozpolcení, rýha mezi ňadry, rozděleníCzech
  • kavalergang, kløftDanish
  • Spaltung, Spaltneigung, Furchung, Dekolleté, Schieferung, Dekolletee, Kluft, Teilung, ZellteilungGerman
  • σχίσιμοGreek
  • canalillo, exfoliación, divisiónSpanish
  • چاک پستانPersian
  • dekoltee, [[rinta, [[solun]] [[jakautuminen]]Finnish
  • division, clivage, décolletéFrench
  • विपाटनHindi
  • sejtosztódás, dekoltázs, hasadásHungarian
  • sfaldatura, décolleté, segmentazione, scissione, incavo, clivaggio, scollaturaItalian
  • מַחשׂוֹףHebrew
  • 劈開, 卵割, 谷間, 切開, 開裂, 亀裂, 胸の谷間, 分割Japanese
  • делба, расцеп, деколте, расколMacedonian
  • deling, décolleté, splijtenDutch
  • cleavageNorwegian
  • łupliwośćPolish
  • decote, clivagem, decotesPortuguese
  • clivajRomanian
  • ложбинка, раскол, [[между]] [[грудь, расщепление, делениеRussian
  • క్లీవేజ్Telugu
  • ความแตกแยกThai
  • розщепленняUkrainian
  • وپاٹنUrdu
  • sự phân chiaVietnamese

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