- Present participle of cleave.
- The act of one who cleaves, splits, or severs.
- The act of one who cleaves, clings, or adheres.
Variant of cleave
transitive verbcleaved or cleft or clove, cleaved or cleft or cloven, cleaving
- to divide by a blow, as with an ax; split
- to pierce
- to sever; disunite
Origin of cleaveMiddle English cleven ; from Old English cleofan; akin to German klieben ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gleubh-, to cut, slice from source Classical Greek glyphein, carve, Classical Latin glubere, to peel
- to split; separate; fall apart
- to make one's way by or as by cutting