- 1A deep open crack, especially one in a glacier.More 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.More 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).