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 for Cleaving
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain. --Shak.
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     2. To part or open naturally; to divide.
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              Every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the
              cleft into two claws.                 --Deut. xiv.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cleave \Cleave\ (kl[=e]v), v. i. [imp. Cleaved (kl[=e]vd),
     Clave (kl[=a]v, Obs.); p. p. Cleaved; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Cleaving.] [OE. cleovien, clivien, cliven, AS. cleofian,
     clifian; akin to OS. klib[=o]n, G. kleben, LG. kliven, D.
     kleven, Dan. kl[ae]be, Sw. klibba, and also to G. kleiben to
     cleve, paste, Icel. kl[imac]fa to climb. Cf. Climb.]
     1. To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast; to cling.
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              My bones cleave to my skin.           --Ps. cii. 5.
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              The diseases of Egypt . . . shall cleave unto thee.
                                                    xxviii. 60.
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              Sophistry cleaves close to and protects
              Sin's rotten trunk, concealing its defects.
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     2. To unite or be united closely in interest or affection; to
        adhere with strong attachment.
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              Therefore shall a man leave his father and his
              mother, and shall cleave unto his wife. --Gen. ii.
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              Cleave unto the Lord your God.        --Josh. xxiii.
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     3. To fit; to be adapted; to assimilate. [Poetic.]
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              New honors come upon him,
              Like our strange garments, cleave not to their mold
              But with the aid of use.              --Shak.
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