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[kruh-vas] /krəˈvæs/

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.


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