For the sword of Sir Gareth clave through the shield of the knight, and it clave through the helm and deep into his brain-pan.
As Ruth clave unto Naomi, so my friend the Philanthropist clave unto me.
When he arrived at a place appointed, a brother of Uncas “clave his head with a hatchet.”
“He loved one only, and he clave to her,” and there was room in his heart for none other.
With two friends on such a footing of confidence, is it a wonder they clave one to the other in mute admiration and affection?
My tongue, as the Bible expresses it, clave to the roof of my mouth.
And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law; but Ruth clave unto her.
It clave to the men of Tainaros only because they clave to Hellenic idols.
Aucassin failed not to espy him; and gripping his sword, he smote him through the helmet so that he clave it to the skull.
And all his brethren helped him, and so did all they that clave unto his father.
"to split," Old English cleofan, cleven, cliven "to split, separate" (class II strong verb, past tense cleaf, past participle clofen), from Proto-Germanic *kleubanan (cf. Old Saxon klioban, Old Norse kljufa, Danish klöve, Dutch kloven, Old High German klioban, German klieben "to cleave, split"), from PIE root *gleubh- "to cut, slice" (see glyph).
Past tense form clave is recorded in Northern writers from 14c. and was used with both verbs (see cleave (v.2)), apparently by analogy with other Middle English strong verbs. Clave was common to c.1600 and still alive at the time of the KJV; weak past tense cleaved for this verb also emerged in 14c.; cleft is still later. The past participle cloven survives, though mostly in compounds.
"to adhere," Middle English cleven, clevien, cliven, from Old English clifian, cleofian, from West Germanic *klibajanan (cf. Old Saxon klibon, Old High German kliban, Dutch kleven, Old High German kleben, German kleben "to stick, cling, adhere"), from PIE *gloi- "to stick" (see clay). The confusion was less in Old English when cleave (v.1) was a class 2 strong verb; but it has grown since cleave (v.1) weakened, which may be why both are largely superseded by stick (v.) and split (v.).