crevasse

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See also: crevice, crévasse, and crevassé

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French crevasse.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Rhymes: -æs
  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹɛ.vəs/, /kɹəˈvæːs/

Noun[edit]

crevasse (plural crevasses)

  1. (literally) A crack or fissure in a glacier or snow field; a chasm.
  2. (figuratively) A discontinuity or “gap” between the accounted variables and an observed outcome.
    • 1954: Gilbert Ryle, Dilemmas: The Tarner Lectures, 1953, dilemma vii: Perception, page 105 (The Syndics of the Cambridge University Press)
      [] he laments that he can find no physiological phenomenon answering to his subject’s winning a race, or losing it. Between his terminal output of energy and his victory or defeat there is a mysterious crevasse. Physiology is baffled.

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Verb[edit]

crevasse (third-person singular simple present crevasses, present participle crevassing, simple past and past participle crevassed)

  1. (intransitive) To form crevasses.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Old French crevace, crever +‎ -asse

Noun[edit]

crevasse f (plural crevasses)

  1. crevasse

Etymology 2[edit]

Inflected forms

Verb[edit]

crevasse

  1. first-person singular imperfect subjunctive form of crever.

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