American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. A past tense and a past participle of cleave1.
- adj. Divided; split.
- adj. Botany Having indentations that extend about halfway to the center, as in certain leaves.
- n. A crack, crevice, or split.
- n. A split or indentation between two parts, as of the chin.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A space or opening made by cleavage; a crevice; a fissure; a furrow; a rift; a chink.
- n. . The point where the legs are joined to the body; the crotch.
- n. 3. That which is cloven; a cloven hoof.
- n. A disease of horses characterized by a crack on the bend of the pastern.
- n. A piece made by splitting: as, a cleft of wood.
- n. Preterit and past participle of cleave.
- Split; divided; cloven.
- In botany, divided half-way down or somewhat further, with narrow or acute sinuses between the lobes: applied to a lobed leaf, calyx, etc.
- n. An opening, fissure, or V-shaped indentation made by or as if by splitting.
- n. A piece made by splitting.
- n. A disease of horses; a crack on the band of the pastern.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of cleave.
GNU Webster's 1913
- imp. & p. p. from cleave.
- adj. Divided; split; partly divided or split.
- adj. (Bot.) Incised nearly to the midrib.
- n. A space or opening made by splitting; a crack; a crevice.
- n. A piece made by splitting.
- n. (Far.) A disease in horses; a crack on the band of the pastern.
- n. a split or indentation in something (as the palate or chin)
- adj. having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib
- n. a long narrow opening
- Old English clift; compare Swedish klyft ("cave, den") cave, den, German Kluft. See cleave. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, past participle of cleven, to split; see cleave1. N., from Middle English, alteration (influenced by cleft) of clift, from Old English geclyft. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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