from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Anatomy A split or opening in an organ or part.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A longitudinal opening made by cutting; a cleft; a fissure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A longitudinal opening in a body, made by cutting; a cleft; a fissure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A longitudinal opening in a body made by cutting; a cleft; a rent; a fissure; hence, a rupture, split, or division; a schism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long narrow opening
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin scissūra, from scissus, past participle of scindere, to split; see scission.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late Latin *scissura (“fissure”) (compare Italian scissura), from Latin scissurus ("about to split"), from scindo ("I split"). (Wiktionary)