To cleave means to unite two pieces of metal or plastic so that they are attached together. This can be done with a welding process, or with a special type of glue.

  • The metal cleaves easily when it's heated.

  • The plastic is not as likely to cleave, so it's better for the purposes that they were intended.

Definition of cleave


separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument


rive, split


come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation


adhere, cling, cohere, stick


make by cutting into

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Example Sentences for cleave

  • 1

    The end of the flower is cleaved into two.

  • 2

    The result of the proposal was a consensus to cleave the article.

  • 3

    The veins are black and they cleave the green areas.

  • 4

    Could it be verified by a word with the staff of the dairy, or of the Cleave

  • 5

    Pick up a stone to strike, cleave, aggress or defend.

  • 6

    Propeptide domain, which is cleaved during the activity of the enzyme.

  • 7

    Ribonucleases cleave the RNA and ligases join the exons together.

  • 8

    Cleave TL 1974 The Saccharine disease Wright Bristol.

  • 9

    The lysosomal enzymes cleave the T4 from the iodinated thyroglobulin.

  • 10

    Jon Cleave is the MC of the group and also an author of children's books.