a fissure, or deep cleft, in glacial ice, the earth’s surface, etc.
a breach in an embankment or levee.
verb (used with object), crevassed, crevassing.
to fissure with crevasses.
a deep crack or fissure, esp in the ice of a glacier
(US) a break in a river embankment
(transitive) (US) to make a break or fissure in (a dyke, wall, etc)
1823, of glaciers; 1814, of riverbanks (in that case from Louisiana French), from French crevasse, from Old French crevace “crevice” (see crevice). Essentially the same word as crevice, but re-adopted in senses for which the meaning that had taken hold in crevice was felt to be too small.
[krev-kœr] /krɛvˈkœr/ noun 1. Michel Guillaume Jean de [mee-shel gee-yohm zhahn duh] /miˈʃɛl giˈyoʊm ʒɑ̃ də/ (Show IPA), (“J. Hector St. John”) 1735–1813, French writer, statesman, and agriculturalist, in the U.S. after 1754.
[kreev koo r] /ˈkriv ˈkʊər/ noun 1. a town in E Missouri.
[krev-is] /ˈkrɛv ɪs/ noun 1. a crack forming an opening; cleft; rift; fissure. /ˈkrɛvɪs/ noun 1. a narrow fissure or crack; split; cleft n. mid-14c., from Old French crevace (12c., Modern French crevasse) “gap, rift, crack” (also, vulgarly, “the female pudenda”), from Vulgar Latin *crepacia, from Latin crepare “to crack, creak;” meaning shifted from the […]
[krem duh vahy-uh-lit, kreem; French krem duh vyaw-let] /ˌkrɛm də ˈvaɪ ə lɪt, ˌkrim; French krɛm də vyɔˈlɛt/ noun 1. a liqueur flavored with vanilla extract and the essential oils of violets.