cleavage

noun
cleav·​age | \ˈklē-vij \

Definition of cleavage 

1a : the quality of a crystallized substance or rock of splitting along definite planes also : the occurrence of such splitting

b : 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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web

All the broadband in the world won’t change this cleavage. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "In America’s ‘geography of despair,’ how to help the left-behind places?," 21 Nov. 2018 As this is a reputable newspaper, let’s use a more genteel term for the fleshy space: buttock cleavage. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "For Mayor Globe-trotter, it's the money that matters," 13 July 2018 During the ‘50s, actresses had to be careful about showing cleavage in a bathing suit. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Elizabeth Taylor's 'Suddenly, Last Summer' was nearly banned over racy white swimsuit, author reveals," 11 July 2018 Cups are fully adhesive and have clips in the front to create more cleavage. Annie James, Cosmopolitan, "I Tried 16 Sticky Bras — Here Are the Ones That Actually Worked," 24 Feb. 2016 On Set: Joss used St. Tropez Gold Illuminator to add touches of luminosity along the tops of Moss's arms, legs and cleavage. Nicole Catanese, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Get Kate Moss's Playboy Tan," 5 Dec. 2013 Without buttock cleavage, the commercial was a failure. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "For Mayor Globe-trotter, it's the money that matters," 13 July 2018 The singer is seen laying down on a bed with a big smile on her face, a full face of makeup and a lavender lace bra top in the shot, which shows off her tattoos and cleavage. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "Iggy Azalea Shares Rare Smiling Selfie — and Her Fans Can't Get Over How Different She Looks," 23 May 2018 Another Pew survey, from June, identified the same ideological cleavage. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Anti-Trump Right Has Become Trump’s Base," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of cleavage

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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cleavage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cleavage

: 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

noun
cleav·​age | \ˈklē-vij \

Kids Definition of cleavage

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

cleavage

noun
cleav·​age | \ˈklē-vij \

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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