Cleaves vs Claves - What's the difference?
As a verb cleaves
As a noun claves is
(musical instruments) claves are a percussion instrument, consisting of two sticks or blocks, in which one is struck against the other in order to produce a sound.
From (etyl) cleven, from the (etyl) strong verb .
To split or sever something with, or as if with, a sharp instrument.
- The wings cleaved the foggy air.
(mineralogy) To break a single crystal (such as a gemstone or semiconductor wafer) along one of its more symmetrical crystallographic planes (often by impact), forming facets on the resulting pieces.
To make or accomplish by or as if by cutting.
- O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain.
(chemistry) To split (a complex molecule) into simpler molecules.
(mineralogy) Of a crystal, to split along a natural plane of division.
- The truck cleaved a path through the ice.
(technology) Flat, smooth surface produced by cleavage, or any similar surface produced by similar techniques, as in glass.
From (etyl) cleofian, from (etyl) . Cognates include German kleben, Dutch kleven.
To cling, adhere or stick fast to something; used with to or unto.
(musical instruments) Claves are a percussion instrument, consisting of two sticks or blocks, in which one is struck against the other in order to produce a sound.
One generally speaks of playing "the claves"; the singular form is seldom used.
* rhythm sticks