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Cleave (Impf. “cleft:” Wint. III, 2, 197. H6C I, 1, 12. “clove:” Lr. I, 4, 175. Partic. “cleft:” Compl. 293. Gentl. V, 4, 103. Ado II, 1, 261. Tw. V, 230. H6B IV, 10, 13. Rom. II, 4, 16. Hml. III, 4, 156. cloven -- always joined to a subst. --: Tp. I, 2, 277. II, 2, 13. LLL V, 2, 655. Troil. I, 2, 132. Cor. I, 4, 21).
1) trans. to split, to rive: “thy false dart mistakes that aim and --s an infant's heart,” Ven. 942. cf. Gentl. V, 4, 103. LLL IV, 1, 138. Rom. II, 4, 16. “to c. a heart in twain,” Meas. III, 1, 63. Wint. III, 2, 197. Hml. III, 4, 156. “have cleft his club to make fire,” Ado II, 1, 261. “an apple, cleft in two,” Tw. V, 230. “my brain-pan had been cleft,” H6B IV, 10, 13. H6C I, 1, 12. Tim. III, 4, 91. “when thou clovest thy crown in the middle,” Lr. I, 4, 175. “O cleft effect!” Compl. 293 (double, different). “and c. the general ear with horrid speech,” Hml. II, 2, 589 (== tear). “a cloven pine,” Tp. I, 2, 277. “cloven tongues,” II, 2, 13. “cloven lemon,” LLL V, 2, 655. “cloven chin,” Troil. I, 2, 132. “cloven army,” Cor. I, 4, 21.
2) intr. to part asunder, to crack: “unless our good city c. in the midst and perish,” Cor. III, 2, 28. “as if the world should c.” Ant. III, 4, 31. “O c., my sides!” IV, 14, 39.
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