from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A narrow crack or opening; a fissure or cleft.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A narrow crack or fissure, in a rock or wall.
  • v. To crack; to flaw.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A narrow opening resulting from a split or crack or the separation of a junction; a cleft; a fissure; a rent.
  • transitive v. To crack; to flaw.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make crevices in; crack; flaw.
  • To channel; ornament with crevices.
  • n. A crack; a cleft; a fissure; a rent; a narrow opening of some length, as between two parts of a solid surface, or between two adjoining surfaces: as, a crevice in a wall, rock, etc.
  • n. Specifically, in lead-mining, in the Mississippi valley, a fissure in which the ore of lead occurs.
  • n. An obsolete form of crawfish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a long narrow depression in a surface
  • n. a long narrow opening


Middle English, from Old French crevace, probably from Vulgar Latin *crepācia, from *crepa, from Latin crepāre, to crack.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English crevice, from Old French crevace, from crever ("to break, burst"), from Latin crepare ("to break, burst, crack"). (Wiktionary)



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    A bow rises each night
    And shoots your soul into God.

    - Hafiz, 'Light Will Someday Split You Open', translation by Daniel Ladinsky.

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