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Physical ActionPlay
Cleave as a verb usually describes a forceful, physical splitting action. SlideHe used a sword to cleave the shield in half.
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When cleaving, the split often follows a natural or existing line or grain, like with wood or meat. SlideThe butcher cleaved along the joint of the meat.
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Cleaving something can be violent or require great effort, not gentle or peaceful. SlideDuring the rescue, firefighters had to cleave the door apart.