from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Capability of cleavage.


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  • The high cleavability (splitting tendency) of diamonds requires a very careful grinding of the parent rock.

    Chapter 20 1993

  • This causes the tips of each fibre to crowd in between the fibres above and below, and leads to an irregular interlacement of these fibres, which adds to the toughness, but reduces the cleavability of the wood.

    Seasoning of Wood

  • We may also consider those stones, whose softness, or brittleness, or ready cleavability, requires that they should be reserved for use only in those jewels which, because of their nature, receive less rough usage.

    A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public Frank Bertram Wade

  • No, I mean the answer is there's very, very, very little of that and the cleavability here is almost perfect.

    unknown title 2011

  • - 7.0 vitreous luster, transparent to translucent, good cleavability

    Chapter 20 1993

  • - 5.5 semi-metallic luster, good cleavability (axotomous)

    Chapter 20 1993

  • - compressive strength of a cube, cleavability and permeability for construction materials;

    Chapter 6 1993


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