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cleft


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cleave  \Cleave\  (kl[=e]v),  v.  t.  [imp.  {Cleft}  (kl[e^]ft), 
  {Clave}  (kl[=a]v,  Obs.),  {Clove}  (kl[=o]v,  Obsolescent);  p. 
  p.  {Cleft},  {Cleaved}  (kl[=e]vd)  or  {Cloven}  (kl[=o]"v'n);  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Cleaving}.]  [OE.  cleoven,  cleven,  AS 
  cle['o]fan;  akin  to  OS  klioban  D.  klooven  G.  klieben 
  Icel.  klj[=u]fa,  Sw  klyfva  Dan.  kl["o]ve  and  prob.  to  Gr 
  gly`fein  to  carve,  L.  glubere  to  peel.  Cf  {Cleft}.] 
  1.  To  part  or  divide  by  force;  to  split  or  rive;  to  cut. 
 
  O  Hamlet,  thou  hast  cleft  my  heart  in  twain.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  part  or  open  naturally;  to  divide. 
 
  Every  beast  that  parteth  the  hoof,  and  cleaveth  the 
  cleft  into  two  claws.  --Deut.  xiv. 
  6. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cleft  \Cleft\  (kl[e^]ft), 
  imp.  &  p.  p.  from  {Cleave}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cleft  \Cleft\,  a. 
  1.  Divided;  split;  partly  divided  or  split. 
 
  2.  (Bot.)  Incised  nearly  to  the  midrib;  as  a  cleft  leaf. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cleft  \Cleft\,  n.  [OE.  clift;  cf  Sw  klyft  cave,  den,  Icel. 
  kluft  cleft,  Dan.  kl["o]ft,  G.  kluft  See  {Cleave}  to  split 
  and  cf  2d  {Clift},  1st  {Clough}.] 
  1.  A  space  or  opening  made  by  splitting;  a  crack;  a  crevice; 
  as  the  cleft  of  a  rock.  --Is.  ii  21. 
 
  2.  A  piece  made  by  splitting;  as  a  cleft  of  wood. 
 
  3.  (Far.)  A  disease  in  horses;  a  crack  on  the  band  of  the 
  pastern. 
 
  {Branchial  clefts}.  See  under  {Branchial}. 
 
  Syn:  Crack;  crevice;  fissure;  chink;  cranny. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cleft 
  adj  1:  used  of  hooves  [syn:  {cloven},  {bisulcate}] 
  2:  having  one  or  more  incisions  reaching  nearly  to  the  midrib 
  [syn:  {dissected}] 
  n  1:  a  split  or  indentation  in  something  (as  the  palate  or  chin) 
  2:  a  long  narrow  opening  [syn:  {crack},  {crevice},  {fissure},  {scissure}] 




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