- to make fissures in; cleave; split.
- to open in fissures; become split.
Origin of fissure
Examples from the Web for fissure
But both sides of this American fissure create a life lived less than fully.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
Once opened, this fissure between internal and external splits Hemon apart, giving him, effectively, double lives.Michael Hainey and Aleksandar Hemon’s Chicago Dreams
March 3, 2013
The least fissure in the latter would have inundated the channel.
It is the sound of our souls escaping from some fissure of the brain.Melomaniacs
He walked and walked, and came to a hill: in that hill was a fissure, and in the fissure stood a hut.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
She peered into the shadowy gulf, but could not see the bottom of the fissure.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
It did not require long to find a spot where the fissure was easily leaped.Two Boys in Wyoming
Edward S. Ellis
- any long narrow cleft or crack, esp in a rock
- a weakness or flaw indicating impending disruption or discordfissures in a decaying empire
- anatomy a narrow split or groove that divides an organ such as the brain, lung, or liver into lobesSee also sulcus
- a small unnatural crack in the skin or mucous membrane, as between the toes or at the anus
- a minute crack in the surface of a tooth, caused by imperfect joining of enamel during development
- to crack or split apart
Word Origin and History for fissure
c.1400, from Old French fissure (13c.) and directly from Latin fissura "a cleft," from root of findere "to split, cleave," from PIE *bhi-n-d-, from root *bheid- "to split" (cf. Sanskrit bhinadmi "I cleave," Old High German bizzan "to bite," Old English bita "a piece bitten off, morsel," Old Norse beita "to hunt with dogs," beita "pasture, food").
- A deep furrow, cleft, or slit.
- A developmental break or fault in the enamel of a tooth.
- A long, narrow crack or opening in the face of a rock. Fissures are often filled with minerals of a different type from those in the surrounding rock.