Cleave vs Sunder - What's the difference?

cleave | sunder |


As a verb cleave

is to split or sever something with, or as if with, a sharp instrument or cleave can be to cling, adhere or stick fast to something; used with to or unto.

As a noun cleave

is (technology) flat, smooth surface produced by cleavage, or any similar surface produced by similar techniques, as in glass.

As a preposition sunder is

without.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

cleave

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) cleven, from the (etyl) strong verb .

Verb

  • To split or sever something with, or as if with, a sharp instrument.
  • The wings cleaved the foggy air.
  • * Shakespeare
  • O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain.
  • (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.
  • The truck cleaved a path through the ice.
  • (chemistry) To split (a complex molecule) into simpler molecules.
  • To split.
  • (mineralogy) Of a crystal, to split along a natural plane of division.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (technology) Flat, smooth surface produced by cleavage, or any similar surface produced by similar techniques, as in glass.
  • Derived terms

    * (l)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) cleofian, from (etyl) . Cognates include German kleben, Dutch kleven.

    Verb

    (cleav)
  • To cling, adhere or stick fast to something; used with to or unto.
  • sunder

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (dialectal, or, obsolete) Sundry; separate; different.
  • Derived terms
    *

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) . More at sundry.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To break or separate or to break apart, especially with force.
  • To , separate.
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  • (UK, dialect, dated, transitive) To expose to the sun and wind.
  • (Halliwell)
    Quotations
    * 1881 , Severed Selves, lines 8-9 *: '' Two souls, the shores wave-mocked of sundering seas: — *: '' Such are we now.
    Derived terms
    * asunder * sunderance

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • a separation into parts; a division or severance
  • * 1939 , , Additional Poems , VII, lines 2-4
  • He would not stay for me to stand and gaze.
    I shook his hand and tore my heart in sunder
    And went with half my life about my ways.

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