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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cleave, split, rive(verb)

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

    "cleave the bone"

  2. cleave(verb)

    make by cutting into

    "The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock"

  3. cling, cleave, adhere, stick, cohere(verb)

    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"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cleave

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

  2. Cleave

    to unite or be united closely in interest or affection; to adhere with strong attachment

  3. Cleave

    to fit; to be adapted; to assimilate

  4. Cleave(verb)

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

  5. Cleave(verb)

    to part or open naturally; to divide

  6. Cleave(verb)

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

  7. Origin: [OE. cleovien, clivien, cliven, AS. cleofian, clifian; akin to OS. klibn, G. kleben, LG. kliven, D. kleven, Dan. klbe, Sw. klibba, and also to G. kleiben to cleve, paste, Icel. klfa to climb. Cf. Climb.]


  1. Cleave

    A cleave in an optical fiber is a deliberate, controlled break, intended to create a perfectly flat endface, perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the fiber. Since there are no crystalline planes in glass, this process is not cleavage in the crystallographic sense of the word, although the techniques used and the finished result are quite similar. A cleave is made by first introducing a microscopic fracture into the fiber with a special tool, called a cleaving tool, which has a sharp blade of some hard material, such as diamond, sapphire, or tungsten carbide. If proper tension is applied to the fiber as the nick is made, or immediately afterward, the fracture will propagate in a controlled fashion, creating the desired endface. A good cleave is required for a successful splice of an optical fiber, whether by fusion or mechanical means. Also, some types of fiber-optic connectors do not employ abrasives and polishers. Instead, they use some type of cleaving technique to trim the fiber to its proper length, and produce a smooth, flat perpendicular endface. High-precision optical fiber cleavers are commercially available through a small number of specialized manufacturers, such as Nyfors Teknologi AB, which usually also supplies other fusion splicing accessories such as fiber optic recoaters and stripping and preparation equipment.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cleave

    klēv, v.t. to divide, to split: to separate with violence: to go through: to pierce.—v.i. to part asunder: to crack:—pr.p. cleav′ing; pa.t. clōve or cleft; pa.p. clov′en or cleft.—adj. Cleav′able, capable of being cleft.—ns. Cleav′age, a condition of rocks in which they split easily into thin plates; Cleav′er, one who or that which cleaves: a butcher's chopper; Cleav′ers, Cliv′ers, goose-grass—Galium aperine, diuretic and sudorific.—adj. Cleav′ing, splitting. [A.S. cleófan; cog. with Ger. klieben.]

  2. Cleave

    klēv, v.i. to stick or adhere: to unite:—pr.p. cleav′ing; pa.t. cleaved or clāve; pa.p. cleaved.—n. Cleav′ing, the act of adhering. [A.S. clifian; cog. with Ger. kleben, Dut. kleven.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cleave in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cleave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of cleave in a Sentence

  1. Alfred Lord Tennyson:

    Cleave never to the sunnier side of doubt.

  2. Arthur Miller, The Crucible, act II:

    Cleave to no faith when faith brings blood.

  3. Koran:

    And walk not proudly on the earth verily thou shalt never cleave the earth, nor reach to the mountains in height

  4. Mahabharata:

    Just as the track of birds that cleave the air Is not discovered, nor yet the path of fish That skim the water, so the course of those Who do good actions is not always seen.

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