Like the Korean Peninsula, Illinois is cleft into two parts: Chicagoland and “downstate.”
"But they must come through the cleft in the rock," Allerdyce said.
Nelson was at this time, according to his own expression, placed in a cleft stick.
Then, with a cleft stick, he takes a hook and puts its straight stem into the molten cake.
Pinnatifid: divided into feathers, as when wings are cleft nearly to the base.
They were visible through the cleft in the curtains, which at that time was rather wide.
The Louisianians are coming up that cleft between the hills.
This leads to various deformities, the chief of which are cleft palate and hare-lip.
He looked closer and saw that it grew out of the cleft in the rock.
But anxiety cleared his vision, and he saw that the glowing mass was a serpent drawn from a cleft of the rock by the warm sun.
1570s, alteration (by influence of cleft, new weak past participle of cleave (v.1)), of Middle English clift (early 14c.), from Old English geclyft (adj.) "split, cloven," from Proto-Germanic *kluftis (cf. Old High German and German kluft, Danish kløft "cleft"), from PIE *gleubh- (see glyph). In Middle English anatomy, it meant "the parting of the thighs" (early 14c.).
late 14c., past participle adjective from cleave (v.1)). Cleft palate attested from 1828.
"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cleave (v.1) was a class 2 strong verb; but it has grown since cleave (v.1) weakened, which may be why both are largely superseded by stick (v.) and split (v.).
A split or fissure between two parts.