Part of speech: noun

A splitting or tendency to split; a split; cleft; division.

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Usage examples "cleavage":

  1. The cleavage of minerals must, therefore, be considered as a part of their crystalline structure, since this is caused by cleavage, so that both cleavage and crystalline structure should be considered together. - "The Chemistry, Properties and Tests of Precious Stones", John Mastin.
  2. The consciousness of any division or cleavage in its ranks is alien to its very purpose, principles, and ideals. - "The Advent of Divine Justice", Shoghi Effendi.
  3. But it is, of course, impossible to state beforehand what will be the precise line of cleavage or what form the division between the two parties in interest will take. - "An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation", Thorstein Veblen.