Cleave vs Sunder - What's the difference?
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
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
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.
From (etyl), from (etyl) .
(dialectal, or, obsolete) Sundry; separate; different.
From (etyl) . More at sundry.
To break or separate or to break apart, especially with force.
To , separate.
, author=Dean Barton
, title=Searching for the Evergreen Man
, publisher=Llumina Press
, passage=… Carlo finally saw Everything, before it sunders' into things; he saw Knowledge before it '''sunders''' into knowing; he saw Integrity before it '''sunders''' in integrals; he saw Unity before it ' sunders
(UK, dialect, dated, transitive) To expose to the sun and wind.
* 1881 , Severed Selves, lines 8-9
*: '' Two souls, the shores wave-mocked of sundering seas: —
*: '' Such are we now.
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.