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meanings of cleave


  1. To split.
  2. To break a single crystal (such as a gemstone or semiconductor wafer) along one of its more symmetrical crystallographic planes (often by impact), forming facets on the resulting pieces.
  3. To cling, adhere or stick fast to something; used with to or unto.
  4. To make or accomplish by or as if by cutting.
  5. To split (a complex molecule) into simpler molecules.
  6. To split or sever something with, or as if with, a sharp instrument.
  7. Of a crystal, to split along a natural plane of division.


  1. Flat, smooth surface produced by cleavage, or any similar surface produced by similar techniques, as in glass.

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