crevasse, crevice
are both derived from a Latin root crepare meaning ‘to break with a crash’. A crevasse is a deep open crack or fissure in a glacier; in AmE it is also used to mean a breach in a river embankment. A crevice is a narrow cleft or opening, usually one in the surface of anything solid such as rock or a building.

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  • crevasse — [ krəvas ] n. f. • v. 1150; lat. pop. °crepacia; de crepare → crever 1 ♦ Fente profonde à la surface d une chose. ⇒ fente, fissure. Crevasse d un mur. ⇒ lézarde. Crevasse dans le sol. ⇒ anfractuosité, cassure, craquelure, 2. faille. « La terre… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Crevasse — is also a traditional term for a levee breach. Crossing a crevasse on the Easton Glacier, Mount Baker, in the North Cascades, Washington A crevasse is a deep crack in an ice sheet rhys glacier (as opposed to a crevice, which forms in rock).… …   Wikipedia

  • crevassé — crevassé, ée (kre va sé, sée) part. passé. Un vieux mur tout crevassé …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • crevasse — CREVASSE. s. f. Fente qui se fait à une chose qui s entr ouvre ou qui se crève. Il y avoit une crevasse à la muraille. La grande sécheresse fait des crevasses à la terre. Avoir des crevasses aux pieds, aux mains. Il n est guère d usage que dans… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • crevasse — 1823, of glaciers; 1814, of riverbanks (from Louisiana Fr.), from Fr. crevasse, from O.Fr. crevace crevice (see CREVICE (Cf. crevice)). Essentially the same word as crevice, but re adopted in senses for which the meaning that had taken hold in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • crevasse — Crevasse. s. f. La fente qui se fait à une chose qui creve. Il y avoit une crevasse à la muraille. la grande secheresse fait des crevasses à la terre. avoir des crevasses aux pieds, des crevasses aux mains. Il n a guere d usage que dans ces… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • crevasse — [krə vas′] n. [Fr < OFr crevace,CREVICE] 1. a deep crack or fissure, esp. in a glacier ☆ 2. a break in the levee of a river, dike, etc. vt. crevassed, crevassing to make a crevasse or crevasses in …   English World dictionary

  • Crevasse — Cre vasse (kr? v?s ), n. [F. See {Crevice}.] 1. A deep crevice or fissure, as in embankment; one of the clefts or fissure by which the mass of a glacier is divided. [1913 Webster] 2. A breach in the levee or embankment of a river, caused by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crevasse — (franz., spr. kröwáß), Riß, Spalte, besonders Gletscherspalte …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • crevasse — *crack, cleft, fissure, crevice, cranny, chink Analogous words: chasm, *gulf: *breach, split, rent, rift …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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