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[krev-is] /ˈkrɛv ɪs/
a crack forming an opening; cleft; rift; fissure.
Origin of crevice
1300-50; Middle English crevace < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to crev(er) to crack (< Latin crepāre) + -ace noun suffix
Related forms
creviced, adjective
Can be confused
crevice, crevasse. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for crevice
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  • There is only the risk; the crevice to be covered is not a yard long.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • But it struck the crevice fairly, and they heard it rattle on inside.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • She cried from the crevice where she lay huddled, "Never, never!"

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • The inner end of the pole she wedged in a crevice of the split rock.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • Before it could stop the pressure of the herd drove it into the crevice.

  • Why not suspect him of having placed the hide in the crevice where it had later been found?

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • It was not until several days later that he had found it in the crevice.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for crevice


a narrow fissure or crack; split; cleft
Word Origin
C14: from Old French crevace, from crever to burst, from Latin crepāre to crack
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Word Origin and History for crevice

mid-14c., from Old French crevace (12c., Modern French crevasse) "gap, rift, crack" (also, vulgarly, "the female pudenda"), from Vulgar Latin *crepacia, from Latin crepare "to crack, creak;" meaning shifted from the sound of breaking to the resulting fissure.

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crevice in Medicine

crevice crev·ice (krěv'ĭs)
A narrow crack, fissure, or cleft.

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