from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. A past participle of cleave1.
  • adj. Split; divided.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Past participle of cleave
  • adj. Split or divided.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • from cleave, v. t.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Divided; parted; split; riven.
  • In heraldry See sarcelled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (used of hooves) split, divided


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  • sarceled. Pig butchery seems to dominate the visuals provided.

    February 12, 2013

  • Angels appear from the broken sky:

    "Still through the cloven skies they come,

    With peaceful wings unfurled;"

    From the hymnal, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, from a poem by the same name.

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  • "(Alarum far off.)

    Hark you far off!

    There is Aufidius; list what work he makes

    Amongst your cloven army."

    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 28, 2009

  • You could see the impression of Milton's cloven backside in the leather upholstery. Tessie filled this hollow with throw pillows in order to see over the steering wheel.

    —Jeffrey Eugenides, 2002, Middlesex, p. 516

    August 17, 2008