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Definitions of cleavage

  1. the line formed by a groove between two parts (especially the separation between a woman's breasts) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the breaking of a chemical bond in a molecule resulting in smaller molecules Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act of cleaving or splitting. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The quality possessed by many crystallized substances of splitting readily in one or more definite directions, in which the cohesive attraction is a minimum, affording more or less smooth surfaces; the direction of the dividing plane; a fragment obtained by cleaving, as of a diamond. See Parting. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Division into laminae, like slate, with the lamination not necessarily parallel to the plane of deposition; - usually produced by pressure. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The act of splitting; the property of some minerals and rocks of being divided into layers. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Act or manner of cleaving or splitting. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Manner or direction of splitting. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. A splitting or tendency to split; a split; cleft; division. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. The act of cleaving or splitting; the fracture, or particular manner, in which any mineral, having a regular structure, may be cleaved. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. That structure in many stratified rocks, such as clay-slate, which renders them capable of being split indefinitely into thin plates. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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