Definition of crevasse in English:

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Pronunciation: /krɪˈvas/


1A deep open crack, especially one in a glacier.
Example sentences
  • On good days they could travel no more than 15 miles, and they had to be ever vigilant of the deep crevasses opening up beneath their feet when the snow melted.
  • A glaciologist said the crevasses could be wide open, waiting to swallow the unwary.
  • The lake invades the glacier's deep chasms and crevasses, detonating thunderous explosions as great shards of ice detach and re-emerge as icebergs.
1.1North American A breach in the embankment of a river or canal.
Example sentences
  • Dogfish roam the area looking for prey and large crabs bury themselves in small crevasses and sand pockets.
  • Like his fellow citizens, he took a lively interest in the great swellings of the Mississippi River, which periodically breached the levees in what were known as crevasses.
  • This expansion of the compressed river of ice causes crevasse fields to develop.


Early 19th century: from French, from Old French crevace (see crevice).

Words that rhyme with crevasse

alas, Alsace, amass, Bass, chasse, crass, en masse, gas, Hamas, lass, mass, morass, sass, tarantass, tass, wrasse

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