(Irregular preterit, past participle: cleaved; or: cleft).
1. To make by cutting into.
2. To separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument; SYN. split, rive.
1. To become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; SYN. check, break.
2. To break partially but keep its integrity.
3. To cause to become cracked.
4. To hit forcefully; deal a hard blow, making a cracking noise.
5. To make a very sharp explosive sound.
1. To perform a division; SYN. fraction.
2. To separate into parts or portions; SYN. split, split up, separate, dissever, carve up.
To make an incision into by carving or cutting.
(Irregular preterit, past participle: split)
1. To divide lengthwise usually along a grain or seam or by layers; to affect as if by cleaving or forcing apart
2. To tear or rend apart; burst; to subject (an atom or atomic nucleus) to artificial disintegration by fission; to affect as if by breaking up or tearing apart; shatter
3. To divide into parts or portions: as to divide between persons; share; to divide into factions, parties, or groups; to mark (a ballot) or cast or register (a vote) so as to vote for candidates of different parties; to divide or break down (a chemical compound) into constituents; to remove by such separation; to divide (stock) by issuing a larger number of shares to existing shareholders usually without increase in total par value
4. To separate (the parts of a whole) by interposing something
5. To become split lengthwise or into layers; to break apart; burst
6. To become divided up or separated off; to sever relations or connections; separate; leave; especially; to leave without delay
7. To apportion shares
To break apart or in two, using violence.