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Definitions of cleavage

  1. the state of being split or cleft Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the line formed by a groove between two parts (especially the separation between a woman's breasts) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (embryology) the repeated division of a fertilised ovum Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the breaking of a chemical bond in a molecule resulting in smaller molecules Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. The act of cleaving or splitting. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. Division into laminae, like slate, with the lamination not necessarily parallel to the plane of deposition; - usually produced by pressure. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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.
  9. 1. The splitting up of a complex molecule into two or more simpler molecules. 2. Segmentation of the vitellus, yolk-c. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  10. Act or manner of cleaving or splitting. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Manner or direction of splitting. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A splitting or tendency to split; a split; cleft; division. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. The series of karyo kinetic divisions which change the egg into a multicellular embryo. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  16. [Anglo-Saxon] The series of karyokinetic divisions which change the egg into a multicellular embryo. na
  17. Division into laminae, like slate, with the lamination not necessarily parallel to the plane of deposition; -- usually produced by pressure. mso.anu.edu.au
  18. Division into laminae, like slate, with the lamination not necessarily parallel to the plane of deposition; usually produced by pressure. dictgcide_fs
  19. From Anglo-Saxon cleoran, 'to split.' The natural line of separation exhibited by certain substances, as minerals, when subjected to mechanical force. The term has been applied to the separation of muscles into longitudinal and circular striae, when mechanical violence is used. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  20. Way in which thing (mineral, party, opinion, State) tends to split (esp. lines, planes, of c.). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  21. The splitting up in a direction different to the plane of stratification. In chemistry, the breaking down at definite points in the molecule of a more complex compound into a simpler one. In dentistry, the splitting of the enamel in a definite direction. [Ang.-Sax.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  22. (Geol.) Planes of natural division, (1) in minerals, due to original constitution; (2) in slate, to a superinduced structure, lateral pressure having squeezed all the unmixed particles into parallel position (Sorby). Schist has imperfect cleavage. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  23. n. Act of cleaving; —quality of splitting or dividing naturally. Cabinet Dictionary

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