Cleavage meaning

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The act of splitting or cleaving.
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The state of being split or cleft; a fissure or division.
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The splitting or tendency to split of a crystallized substance along definite crystalline planes, yielding smooth surfaces.
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The splitting of a complex molecule, such as a polysaccharide, into simpler molecules.
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The hollow between a woman's breasts, especially as revealed by a low neckline.
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A cleaving, splitting, or dividing.
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The manner in which a thing splits.
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A cleft; fissure; division.
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The hollow between a woman's breasts, as made visible by a low-cut neckline.
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The tendency of some minerals to break in definite planes, producing smooth surfaces.
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The splitting of a complex molecule, such as a polysaccharide, into simpler molecules.
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The breaking of certain minerals along specific planes, making smooth surfaces. These surfaces are parallel to the faces of the molecular crystals that make up the minerals. A mineral that exhibits cleavage breaks into smooth pieces with the same pattern of parallel surfaces regardless of how many times it is broken. Some minerals, like quartz, do not have a cleavage and break into uneven pieces with rough surfaces.
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The act of cleaving or the state of being cleft. [from 19th c.]
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(mineralogy) The tendency of a crystal to split along specific planes. [from 19th c.]
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(biology) The repeated division of a cell into daughter cells after mitosis. [from 19th c.]
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The hollow or separation between a woman's breasts, especially as revealed by a low neckline. [from 20th c.]
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(chemistry) The splitting of a large molecule into smaller ones.
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The definition of cleavage is the act of breaking or dividing something into two, or the space between a woman's breasts when they are pushed together.

An example of cleavage is the separation of oil from olives.

An example of cleavage is the area between the breasts of the models in the Victoria's Secret catalog.

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Origin of cleavage

  • From cleave +‎ -age.

    From Wiktionary