The word is twice used in Masonry, and in each time in an opposite sense. In the Ritual of Masonry it means to separate, a meaning now obsolete, and used technically. As used in the Past Master's Degrees, the meaning is adhere.
With the meaning of cleft asunder…
( Numbers 16:31 )
With the meaning of to adhere… ( Psalms 137:6 )

Biblical References

Numbers 16:31

And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:

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Psalms 137:6

If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

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