clave

1
[ kleyv ]
/ kleɪv /

verb Archaic.

simple past tense of cleave1.

Definition for clave (2 of 4)

clave

2
[ klah-vey ]
/ ˈklɑ veɪ /

noun

one of a pair of wooden sticks or blocks that are held one in each hand and are struck together to accompany music and dancing.

Origin of clave

2
1925–30; American Spanish, Spanish: keystone < Latin clāvis key

Definition for clave (3 of 4)

cleave

1
[ kleev ]
/ kliv /

verb (used without object), cleaved or (Archaic) clave; cleaved; cleav·ing.

to adhere closely; stick; cling (usually followed by to).
to remain faithful (usually followed by to): to cleave to one's principles in spite of persecution.

Origin of cleave

1
before 900; Middle English cleven, Old English cleofian, cognate with Old High German klebēn (German kleben)

Related forms

cleav·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for clave (4 of 4)

cleave

2
[ kleev ]
/ kliv /

verb (used with object), cleft or cleaved or clove, cleft or cleaved or clo·ven, cleav·ing.

to split or divide by or as if by a cutting blow, especially along a natural line of division, as the grain of wood.
to make by or as if by cutting: to cleave a path through the wilderness.
to penetrate or pass through (air, water, etc.): The bow of the boat cleaved the water cleanly.
to cut off; sever: to cleave a branch from a tree.

verb (used without object), cleft or cleaved or clove, cleft or cleaved or clo·ven, cleav·ing.

to part or split, especially along a natural line of division.
to penetrate or advance by or as if by cutting (usually followed by through).

Origin of cleave

2
before 950; Middle English cleven, Old English clēofan, cognate with Old High German klioban (German klieben), Old Norse kljūfa; akin to Greek glýphein to carve, Latin glūbere to peel
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British Dictionary definitions for clave (1 of 5)

clave

1
/ (kleɪv, klɑːv) /

noun

music one of a pair of hardwood sticks struck together to make a hollow sound, esp to mark the beat of Latin-American dance music

Word Origin for clave

C20: from American Spanish, from Latin clavis key

British Dictionary definitions for clave (2 of 5)

clave

2
/ (kleɪv) /

verb

archaic a past tense of cleave 1

British Dictionary definitions for clave (3 of 5)

clave

3
/ (kleɪv) /

noun

zoology a clublike thickening at the upper end of an organ, esp of the antenna of an insect

Word Origin for clave

C19: from Latin clāva club

British Dictionary definitions for clave (4 of 5)

cleave

1
/ (kliːv) /

verb cleaves, cleaving, cleft, cleaved, clove, cleft, cleaved or cloven

to split or cause to split, esp along a natural weakness
(tr) to make by or as if by cuttingto cleave a path
(when intr, foll by through) to penetrate or traverse

Derived Forms

cleavable, adjectivecleavability, noun

Word Origin for cleave

Old English clēofan; related to Old Norse kljūfa, Old High German klioban, Latin glūbere to peel

British Dictionary definitions for clave (5 of 5)

cleave

2
/ (kliːv) /

verb

(intr foll by to) to cling or adhere

Word Origin for cleave

Old English cleofian; related to Old High German klebēn to stick
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