verb (cleaves, cleaving, cleft, clove, or in UK: cleaved, cleft, cloven, or in UK: cleaved)
- (technology, jargon) Flat, smooth surface produced by cleavage, or any similar surface produced by similar techniques, as in glass.
- (transitive) To split or sever something or as if with a sharp instrument.
- (context, transitive, mineralogy) 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.
- (transitive) To make or accomplish by or as if by cutting: cleave a path through the ice.
- (transitive) To pierce or penetrate.
- The wings cleaved the foggy air.
- (context, transitive, chemistry) To split (a complex molecule) into simpler molecules.
- (context, intransitive, mineralogy) Of a crystal, to split along a natural plane of division.
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