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Definition of Cleavage


  1. The act of cleaving or splitting.
  2. 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.
  3. Division into laminae, like slate, with the lamination not necessarily parallel to the plane of deposition; -- usually produced by pressure.
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Cleavage Translations

cleavage in German is Spaltung
cleavage in Italian is fenditura
cleavage in Spanish is escision, hendidura
cleavage in Swedish is urringning, klyvning