|1.||[ verb ] separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument|
"cleave the bone"
|Related terms:||tear maul laminate cleft rent splitter cleavage|
|2.||[ verb ] come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation|
|Synonyms:||cling cohere adhere stick|
"The dress clings to her body" "The label stuck to the box" "The sushi rice grains cohere"
|Related terms:||touch mold conglutinate agglutinate adhere stick coherence adhesiveness attach|
|3.||[ verb ] make by cutting into|
"The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock"
|Related terms:||make cut|