Be very careful when using this word. You will observe that it has two very different meanings.
Either SPLIT (cut or divide) or JOIN (adhere, stick).
The most common uses of the word CLEAVE is used by a butcher who uses a cleaver to cut meat, and the sailor who splices or joins rope together. —This unsigned comment was added by 126.96.36.199 (talk • contribs) at 13:25, 17 July 2008.
Sense: To pierce or penetrate. Usage ex.: "The wings cleaved the foggy air." The definition misses the essence of the figurative poetic use. The gloss terms are not even proper synonyms IMHO. DCDuringTALK 14:10, 28 May 2010 (UTC)
I think the sense above this one is redundant as well. IMO this is the sort of occasion when cleaning up the entry beats any RFD or RFV. I'll volunteer, although I'd need to think about it before doing it. Mglovesfun (talk) 14:14, 28 May 2010 (UTC)
I wonder whether I shouldn't have RfVed it. Maybe it exists and the usage example is just inadequate. DCDuringTALK 14:22, 28 May 2010 (UTC)
Why don't we just combine with sense 1, including "to cut or penetrate"? They are all part of the same sense. Dbfirs 06:55, 12 June 2010 (UTC)
... and why don't we just say that the verb is both transitive and intransitive in all senses? Repeating the same definitions with each label just seems to complicate the entry unnecessarily. Dbfirs 07:01, 12 June 2010 (UTC)