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See also: crevasse



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


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɹɛvɪs/
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crevice (plural crevices)

  1. A narrow crack or fissure, as in a rock or wall.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, Mariana
      The mouse, / Behind the mouldering wainscot, shrieked, / Or from the crevice peer'd about.
    • 16 March, 1926, Virginia Woolf, letter to V. Sackville-West
      I can't tell you how urbane and sprightly the old poll parrot was; and [] not a pocket, not a crevice, of pomp, humbug, respectability in him: he was fresh as a daisy.
    • 1973, Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow:
      A dark turd appears out the crevice, out of the absolute darkness between her white buttocks.



crevice (third-person singular simple present crevices, present participle crevicing, simple past and past participle creviced)

  1. To crack; to flaw.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir H. Wotton to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for crevice in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


From either Frankish *krebitja (crayfish), diminutive of *krebit (crab), from Proto-Germanic *krabitaz (crab, cancer), from Proto-Indo-European *grebʰ-, *gerebʰ- (to scratch, crawl), or from Old High German krebiz (edible crustacean, crab) (German Krebs (crab)), from the same source. Cognate with Middle Low German krēvet (crab), Dutch kreeft (crayfish, lobster), Old English crabba (crab).


crevice f (oblique plural crevices, nominative singular crevice, nominative plural crevices)

  1. crayfish, crawfish