Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A narrow crack or opening; a fissure or cleft.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make crevices in; crack; flaw.
  • To channel; ornament with crevices.
  • noun A crack; a cleft; a fissure; a rent; a narrow opening of some length, as between two parts of a solid surface, or between two adjoining surfaces: as, a crevice in a wall, rock, etc.
  • noun Specifically, in lead-mining, in the Mississippi valley, a fissure in which the ore of lead occurs.
  • noun An obsolete form of crawfish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To crack; to flaw.
  • noun A narrow opening resulting from a split or crack or the separation of a junction; a cleft; a fissure; a rent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A narrow crack or fissure, in a rock or wall.
  • verb To crack; to flaw.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a long narrow depression in a surface
  • noun a long narrow opening

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French crevace, probably from Vulgar Latin *crepācia, from *crepa, from Latin crepāre, to crack.]

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From Middle English crevice, from Old French crevace, from crever ("to break, burst"), from Latin crepare ("to break, burst, crack").

Examples

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  • As in a sausage crevice.

    November 15, 2007

  • The Eskimoes have long been expert in using Nature's bounty to improve the quality of their everyday life, for instance, how to fashion long-term food storage areas from their natural surroundings. Sadly, the use of such storage options, like the famous sausage crevasses of the Inuit, is now threatened by the environmental catastrophe that is global warming.

    November 15, 2007

  • From a sacred crevice in your body

    A bow rises each night

    And shoots your soul into God.

    - Hafiz, 'Light Will Someday Split You Open', translation by Daniel Ladinsky.

    September 30, 2008