- 1A long, narrow opening or line of breakage made by cracking or splitting, especially in rock or earth.More example sentences
- ‘Earth fissures several feet wide and deep have been observed in Lucerne Valley,’ he said.
- Early-stage hydrothermal leaching of the limestone created solution cavities and brecciated zones along the fissures and faults, providing sites for subsequent ore deposition.
- Flat lawns are formed into an abstract pattern that recalls tectonic fractures and fissures in the earth's surface, their edges defined by dark grey concrete retaining walls.
- 1.1chiefly Anatomy A long narrow opening in the form of a crack or groove, e.g., any of the spaces separating convolutions of the brain.More example sentences
- However, one more frequently finds the commonly described five lobes not separated by fissures.
- The inferior surfaces of the frontal lobes are separated from those of the temporal lobes by the lateral fissure.
- In this natural and inevitable process of atrophy, parts of the brain shrink, while the sulci, or fissures of the brain become shallower and wider.
- 1.2A state of incompatibility or disagreement: the fissure between private sector business and the newly expanding public sectorMore example sentences
- But by the time the novel is over, we've seen how small irruptions of human weakness, no less than gigantic cultural fissures, can change everything.
- Many delegates discussed how Asian media confronts the fissures between democracy and the global market economy.
- It is clearly a plan on the part of outsiders to come in this country and spark civil war, create sectarian violence and try to expose fissures in the society.
verb[with object] (usually as adjective fissured) Back to top
- Split or crack (something) to form a long narrow opening: the skin becomes dry, fissured, and crackedMore example sentences
- After disembarking, there is a short, sharp climb to the summit at 2,743m, across fissured limestone where rock anemones grow.
- We would slide into the water and spend our 30-40 minutes, and when we came up what greeted us was a wall of snowy rock, fissured glaciers flowing to the waterline and huge towers of ice that sometimes collapsed before our eyes.
- It may be moist and pink, there may be red psoriasiform with yellow, superficial crusting, or there may be a dry fissured area with mucoid discharge.
late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin fissura, from findere 'to split'.