These operations run in constant time, and in many cases are optimized out altogether by the Optimizing compiler. Fried quotations are an abstraction built on top of these operations, and code that uses this abstraction is often clearer than direct calls to the above words.
Curried dataflow combinators can be used to build more complex dataflow by combining cleave, spread and apply patterns in various ways. Curried dataflow combinators
Quotations also implement the sequence protocol, and can be manipulated with sequence words; see Quotations. However, such runtime quotation manipulation will not be optimized by the optimizing compiler.