Definition of cleavage in English:

cleavage

noun

  • 1A sharp division; a split.

    ‘a system dominated by the class cleavage’
    • ‘Although there has clearly been an electoral re-alignment away from the traditional class cleavages, this has not given way to a stark cultural divide.’
    • ‘There was not this sharp consciousness of the cleavages and different realities in our social existence long ago as that which is so evident today.’
    • ‘A sharp cleavage between secular and religious models of society emerged.’
    • ‘Of course, these commonalities were fragmented with cleavages along the now-familiar lines of class, gender, and nationality.’
    • ‘This distinction cuts across other cleavages between administrator, educator and student.’
    • ‘It is a function of that same openness that no sharp cleavages can be sighted between the traditional and the modern in India.’
    • ‘The break goes beyond the ethnic and religious cleavages.’
    • ‘Since the 1950s music has developed into one of the most important means of social distinction, symbolizing the cleavage between young people and adults.’
    • ‘To existing social splits were added inter-working class cleavages which were all too apparent by November 1916.’
    • ‘Class, education, and income disparities, as well as regional, community size and gender differences mark off central cleavages between the two groups.’
    • ‘The division between the new middle class and the old middle class is a critical factor in creating social cleavages that foster particular kinds of religious affiliation.’
    • ‘The social cleavages and distinctions did not hinder its dissemination.’
    • ‘And what we need to sort out now is our differences and these profound cleavages that have effected us in this society.’
    • ‘The other is the re-emergence of the old cleavages of rich and poor.’
    • ‘The political forces that favoured modernization were themselves divided by the old cleavage of religion.’
    • ‘Over the next decade, political and generational cleavages deepened, facilitated by the security services.’
    • ‘Taken as a whole, the project creates a progression of refractions, a series of cleavages that structure the contraction of the landscape.’
    • ‘Income, too, can also be a source of internal class cleavages.’
    • ‘As a result both the place of religion in our country not only became a central issue, but also generated profound and enduring cleavages.’
    • ‘They establish these statutes as establishing a sharp cleavage between drunkenness and nondrunkenness.’
    breaking, breakage, cracking, cleavage, rupture, shattering, fragmentation, splintering, splitting, separation, bursting, disintegration
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    1. 1.1 The hollow between a woman's breasts when supported, especially as exposed by a low-cut garment.
      • ‘I made my way over to him, but my way was blocked by a young woman with a low-cut top that revealed a large portion of her cleavage.’
      • ‘Her top was extremely low cut with her cleavage barely staying in.’
      • ‘You can distinguish the female of the species by her exposed cleavage and teetering walk.’
      • ‘It was mostly dark red taffeta, the gown; but the low cut, cleavage showing bodice was over laid in thin, black, netting like lace and the skirt was trimmed with a black gauze sash.’
      • ‘It was cut in a boat-neck style in the front, not revealing too much cleavage but exposing plenty of skin and her collar bone.’
      • ‘With a quick nod, I walked out, grabbing a random scarf off the rack to cover my exposed cleavage.’
      • ‘Lorraine leaned into Jay's open window, purposely revealing a great deal of her cleavage.’
      • ‘Her towel was around her chest, but exposing her cut and her cleavage.’
      • ‘A lab assistant comes up to us, the top of her labcoat open and generous cleavage and breasts are in danger of falling out.’
      • ‘Her tight pants hugged her hips while her button down shirt exposed too much cleavage.’
      • ‘Above the bead, a slim belt of baggy creases circled her round beneath her bosom and her cleavage was covered modestly.’
      • ‘The bodice was low cut and showed cleavage as it scooped.’
      • ‘She wears glittery low-cut tops and doesn't mind showing off her ample cleavage.’
      • ‘It can be large or small, with a pronounced cleavage or with the breasts entirely separated.’
      • ‘The dress is very low cut, revealing much cleavage and accentuating her breasts.’
      • ‘Laura's hand was on her chest, pushing her already low, revealing shirt even lower, exposing more cleavage.’
      • ‘‘Guess the strap from my bag pulled it open,’ she improvises, moving quickly to fasten her shirt and cover up her exposed cleavage.’
      • ‘She leaned over the counter, pushing her breasts together to form a cleavage line on her chest.’
      • ‘Carrie was wearing a denim skirt and another v-neck that exposed her cleavage.’
      • ‘If they say that we cannot expose a women's cleavage, then women's beach volleyball should not be allowed.’
    2. 1.2Biology Cell division, especially of a fertilized egg cell.
      • ‘One important difference involves the cleavage patterns; the division of cells in the early embryo.’
      • ‘The cells deriving from cleavage divisions are often called blastomeres.’
      • ‘The transparent, 100-m-diameter oocyte is fertilized and undergoes rapid mitotic cleavage cycles.’
      • ‘For a successful division to take place the cell has to determine the location, where to separate, and the point of time to start cell cleavage.’
      • ‘In most cell types DNA cleavage occurs after irreversible activation of endonucleases.’
    3. 1.3 The splitting of rocks or crystals in a preferred plane or direction.
      • ‘The mean cleavage plane exhibits a small amount of apparent clockwise transection.’
      • ‘Fold limbs are upward facing with respect to cleavage, and beds intruded by the studied granitoid rocks are not overturned.’
      • ‘All minerals posses specific physical properties such as color, luster, crystal form, cleavage, fracture, hardness, and specific gravity.’
      • ‘A few faces at unusual angles were noted, but these appear to be cleavage planes.’
      • ‘Discoveries expanded from good mineral specimens to include true gem material, transparent crystals, and cleavage fragments of fine red color.’
      • ‘Where possible, flawed sections are removed and larger crystals cut into smaller pieces with minimal wastage by splitting the crystal along natural cleavage planes.’
      • ‘Thus, properties such as malleability, a high degree of hardness, poor cleavage, and chemical inertness are favorable.’
      • ‘We used the cleavage plane of mica crystals as a model substrate in this work.’
      • ‘Their associated cleavage can be traced directly across the unconformity.’
      • ‘It has indistinct cleavage and an uneven fracture and is sectile.’
      • ‘These inclusions were found within the cleavage planes of the crystal structure of the biotites.’
      • ‘Diamonds have cleavage planes in four directions, making them highly susceptible to shattering when struck by a hard blow.’
      • ‘This is because this mineral was always observed as fine-grained inclusions parallel to the cleavage of biotite crystals.’
      • ‘This cleavage is roughly parallel to the axial plane of the folds described previously and has a reverse-fan disposition.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, both stones are extensively flawed with fractures, visible cleavage, and visible mineral inclusions.’
      • ‘These have a good slaty cleavage in pelitic rocks and a well-developed crenulation cleavage in places.’
      • ‘Many, if not most, of these are cleavage cracks, but it is important to understand that fractures and cleavages are not the same thing.’
      • ‘If these photons are reflected back into the junction, by a cleavage plane in the crystal, for example, a standing wave can be established.’
      • ‘The first phenomenon was observed in cleavage sections by David Brewster in 1819.’
      • ‘Thus, the crystals have cleavage planes for the necessary migration aptitude.’

Pronunciation:

cleavage

/ˈklēvij/