Definition of cleavage
1a : the quality of a crystallized substance or rock of splitting along definite planes; also : the occurrence of such splittingb : a fragment (as of a diamond) obtained by splitting
2 : the action of cleaving or splitting : the state of being cleft
3 : the series of synchronized mitotic cell divisions of a fertilized egg that results in the formation of the blastomeres and changes the single-celled zygote into a multicellular embryo; also : one of these cell divisions
4 : the splitting of a molecule into simpler molecules
5 : the depression between a woman's breasts especially when made visible by a low-cut neckline
Examples of cleavage in a Sentence
The dress is cut low enough to reveal a lot of cleavage.
the cleavage between the rich and poor
the cleavages of an egg as an embryo develops
Recent Examples of cleavage from the Web
This ideological cleavage within the GOP complicates McConnell’s ability to cobble a deal.
The lace-up style is made to enhance your cleavage.
A Polish diva, all blond hair and overflowing cleavage, belts about animal rights before a screen showing a digital flock of birds.
Her strapless bustier began to expose varying degrees of cleavage.
As for the 15-year-old high school freshman who has faced in-school suspension for wearing shorts that were allegedly too short, she has also been reprimanded on other occasions for showing some of her stomach and for showing cleavage.
Mix one swaggering, slurring, Johnny Depp (heavy on the eyeliner) with one headstrong young lass in a cleavage-baring corset and one noble, handsome upstart.
Because cleavage is so old-fashioned and sideboobs are so over.
And the women aren’t bad either, with director Seth Gordon having apparently decided to shoot this epic in Ogle-Vision, the better to emphasize cleavage and derrières.
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First Known Use of cleavage
CLEAVAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cleavage for English Language Learners
: the space between a woman's breasts especially when it can be easily seen
: a division between two things or groups
: the act of splitting apart
CLEAVAGE Defined for Kids
Definition of cleavage for Students
1 : the tendency of a rock or mineral to split readily in one or more directions
2 : the action of splitting
3 : the state of being split
Medical Definition of cleavage
1: the series of synchronized mitotic cell divisions of the fertilized egg that results in the formation of the blastomeres and changes the single-celled zygote into a multicellular embryo; also : one of these cell divisions
2: the splitting of a molecule into simpler molecules
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