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[kruh-vas] /krəˈvæs/
a fissure, or deep cleft, in glacial ice, the earth's surface, etc.
a breach in an embankment or levee.
verb (used with object), crevassed, crevassing.
to fissure with crevasses.
Origin of crevasse
1805-15, Americanism; < French; see crevice
Related forms
uncrevassed, adjective
Can be confused
crevice, crevasse. Unabridged
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  • There was a crevasse which was called the "Enfer du Plogoff."

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Come to me on the edge of the crevasse nearest the place of most destruction!

  • The German wishes he had dropped the Frenchman into the crevasse.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • The crevasse through which it issues is wild and romantic in the extreme.

  • It was a stony smile, humorless as a crevasse in a rock-face.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • When we came abreast of the crevasse, we could see through it to the country beyond.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Just then a row-boat came to the crevasse, and fearlessly headed into the opening.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for crevasse


a deep crack or fissure, esp in the ice of a glacier
(US) a break in a river embankment
(transitive) (US) to make a break or fissure in (a dyke, wall, etc)
Word Origin
C19: from French: crevice
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Word Origin and History for crevasse

1823, of glaciers; 1814, of riverbanks (in that case from Louisiana French), from French crevasse, from Old French crevace "crevice" (see crevice). Essentially the same word as crevice, but re-adopted in senses for which the meaning that had taken hold in crevice was felt to be too small.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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crevasse in Science
  1. A deep fissure in a glacier or other body of ice. Crevasses are usually caused by differential movement of parts of the ice over an uneven topography.

  2. A large, deep fissure in the Earth caused by an earthquake.

  3. A wide crack or breach in the bank of a river. Crevasses usually form during floods. ◇ The sediments that spill out through the crevasse and fan out along the external margin of the river's bank form a crevasse splay deposit.

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