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1  —as in:
cleave through
Definition to split something — especially with violent force


to cut through something
  • The battle axe was a weapon used to cleave skulls or decapitate.
cleave = to split or cut through something
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • —a blow from a spade cleaves through his face.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • cleaves = splits or cuts through
  • I had a surgery to fix my cleft palate when I was a baby, and then a second cleft surgery when I was four, but I still have a hole in the roof of my mouth.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • cleft = split or divided
  • As each boat achieved the safety of the port there was a shout of joy from the mass of people on the shore, a shout which for a moment seemed to cleave the gale and was then swept away in its rush.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • cleave = cut through
  • I sat up in bed, and my shadow fell across the body, seeming to cleave it in half between the hips and the shoulders, leaving only a black space.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • cleave = split
  • The keen edge cleaved through the tough skin.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • cleaved = cut through
  • He scrambled back as the giant's spear cleaved the ground between his feet.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • cleaved = split or cut through
  • He stabbed his black blade into the floor, and it cleaved through the stone like butter.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • cleaved = splitting or cutting through
  • I held my bloodied hands out to touch them and felt the cloven hooves of hairy animals.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • cloven = split (or divided in two)
  • This here Sethe talked about love like any other woman; talked about baby clothes like any other woman, but what she meant could cleave the bone.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
cleave = cut through

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2  —as in:
cleave to
Definition to hold firmly to something — such as an object, a person or idea
  • The New Testament quotes the Old Testament twice in saying, "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to this wife, and they become one flesh."
cleaves = to hold firmly to something — such as an object, a person or idea
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
    Genesis 2:23 (KJV)
  • cleave = to hold firmly to something — such as an object, a person or idea
  • And this thy son's blood cleaving to my blade
    Shakespeare  --  King Henry VI, Part 3
  • cleaving = to hold firmly to something — such as an object, a person or idea
  • whatever I ought to have done, my duty now is plainly to love him and to cleave to him
    Anne Bronte  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • cleave = to hold firmly to something — such as an object, a person or idea
  • Beware, Goody Proctor—cleave to no faith when faith brings blood.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • cleave = hold firmly
  • Shadowhunters cleave to no single religion, and in turn all religions assist us in our battle.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • cleave = hold firmly
  • One time I asked her to have a chew and she said no thanks, that— chewing gum cleaved to her palate and rendered her speechless," said Jem carefully.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • cleaved = stuck
  • He struggled against his thirst till his tongue clave to the roof of his mouth; then, no longer able to resist, he called out.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • 34:3 And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.
    The Bible  --  Genesis
  • 78:15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.
    The Bible  --  Psalms

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