crevasse

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See also: crevice and crévasse

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French crevasse. Doublet of crevice.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Rhymes: -æs
  • IPA(key): /kɹəˈvæs/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

crevasse (plural crevasses)

  1. A crack or fissure in a glacier or snowfield; a chasm.
  2. (US) A breach in a canal or river bank.
  3. (by extension) Any cleft or fissure.
    • 2010, Scott R. Riley, A Lost Hero Found (page 111)
      I moved my left hand to the small of her back, just above her belt-line and stroked the peach fuzz in her crevasse with my fingers.
  4. (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.
  2. (transitive) To fissure with 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 of crever

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Portuguese[edit]

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Noun[edit]

crevasse f (plural crevasses)

  1. (glaciology) crevasse (a crack or fissure in a glacier or snow field)