Definition of cleave:
- To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast; to cling.
- To fit; to be adapted; to assimilate.
- To part or divide by force; to split or rive; to cut.
- To part or open naturally; to divide.
- To part; to open; to crack; to separate; as parts of bodies; as, the ground cleaves by frost.
- To unite or be united closely in interest or affection; to adhere with strong attachment.
hang, vex, break up, lacerate, split, bind, carve, deposit, mystify, nonplus, rive, hold fast, amaze, cling, stand by, dissever, stick around, break open, bond, pose, carve up, stick to, bewilder, stay, wedge, split up, gravel, cohere, burst, stay put, stupefy, mangle, beat, lodge, pull, adhere, dumbfound, puzzle, stick by, assemble, flummox, hew, get, baffle, sting, perplex, stick.
- dissociate (part of speech: verb)
- notch (part of speech: verb)
separate (part of speech: verb)
- halve (part of speech: verb)
- "The Ascent of the Matterhorn", Edward Whymper.
When man was given his two feet to stand upon; his arms to cleave out for himself a path and a career, and his brain to be his guide; then with the rich earth for a field, in the opinion of the Infinite Goodness, he has all the capital that he required.- "The Comstock Club", Charles Carroll Goodwin.
The conflict will continue three hours, and many of the Bhils will be slain: at length a shaft will cleave the king's skull, he will fall dead, and one of the wild men will come up and cut off his head.- "Vikram-and-the-Vampire-Classic-Hindu-Tales-of-Adventure-Magic-and-Romance", Burton, Isabel, Lady.