"cleaving" in the verb sense
1. cleave, split, rive
separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
"cleave the bone"
make by cutting into
"The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock"
3. cling, cleave, adhere, stick, cohere
come or be in close contact with stick or hold together and resist separation
"The dress clings to her body"
"The label stuck to the box"
"The sushi rice grains cohere"
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