crevasse


crevasse
crevasse 1823, of glaciers; 1814, of riverbanks (from Louisiana Fr.), from Fr. crevasse, from O.Fr. crevace "crevice" (see CREVICE (Cf. 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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  • crevasse — [ krəvas ] n. f. • v. 1150; lat. pop. °crepacia; de crepare → crever 1 ♦ Fente profonde à la surface d une chose. ⇒ fente, fissure. Crevasse d un mur. ⇒ lézarde. Crevasse dans le sol. ⇒ anfractuosité, cassure, craquelure, 2. faille. « La terre… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Crevasse — is also a traditional term for a levee breach. Crossing a crevasse on the Easton Glacier, Mount Baker, in the North Cascades, Washington A crevasse is a deep crack in an ice sheet rhys glacier (as opposed to a crevice, which forms in rock).… …   Wikipedia

  • crevassé — crevassé, ée (kre va sé, sée) part. passé. Un vieux mur tout crevassé …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • crevasse — CREVASSE. s. f. Fente qui se fait à une chose qui s entr ouvre ou qui se crève. Il y avoit une crevasse à la muraille. La grande sécheresse fait des crevasses à la terre. Avoir des crevasses aux pieds, aux mains. Il n est guère d usage que dans… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • crevasse — crevasse, crevice are both derived from a Latin root crepare meaning ‘to break with a crash’. A crevasse is a deep open crack or fissure in a glacier; in AmE it is also used to mean a breach in a river embankment. A crevice is a narrow cleft or… …   Modern English usage

  • crevasse — Crevasse. s. f. La fente qui se fait à une chose qui creve. Il y avoit une crevasse à la muraille. la grande secheresse fait des crevasses à la terre. avoir des crevasses aux pieds, des crevasses aux mains. Il n a guere d usage que dans ces… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • crevasse — [krə vas′] n. [Fr < OFr crevace,CREVICE] 1. a deep crack or fissure, esp. in a glacier ☆ 2. a break in the levee of a river, dike, etc. vt. crevassed, crevassing to make a crevasse or crevasses in …   English World dictionary

  • Crevasse — Cre vasse (kr? v?s ), n. [F. See {Crevice}.] 1. A deep crevice or fissure, as in embankment; one of the clefts or fissure by which the mass of a glacier is divided. [1913 Webster] 2. A breach in the levee or embankment of a river, caused by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crevasse — (franz., spr. kröwáß), Riß, Spalte, besonders Gletscherspalte …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • crevasse — *crack, cleft, fissure, crevice, cranny, chink Analogous words: chasm, *gulf: *breach, split, rent, rift …   New Dictionary of Synonyms