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[krev-is] /ˈkrɛv ɪs/
a crack forming an opening; cleft; rift; fissure.
Origin of crevice
1300-50; Middle English crevace < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to crev(er) to crack (< Latin crepāre) + -ace noun suffix
Related forms
creviced, adjective
Can be confused
crevice, crevasse. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crevice
  • In the two days before the exterminators arrived, the ladybugs discovered every crack and crevice in our house.
  • If you can't hear any water and you don't notice any tracks, your best bet is to move into a valley or rocky crevice.
  • The underwater areas of each level are luminous with jellyfish, bubbles and colorful creatures blossoming from every crevice.
  • In other cases, crevice corrosion was responsible for the damage.
  • They also increase the odds that the tail will flip to safety, say in a nook or crevice.
  • One of them chased it into a coral crevice, while the others circled around to block off any exists.
  • Three large cement squares separated by the tiniest crevice.
British Dictionary definitions for crevice


a narrow fissure or crack; split; cleft
Word Origin
C14: from Old French crevace, from crever to burst, from Latin crepāre to crack
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Word Origin and History for crevice

mid-14c., from Old French crevace (12c., Modern French crevasse) "gap, rift, crack" (also, vulgarly, "the female pudenda"), from Vulgar Latin *crepacia, from Latin crepare "to crack, creak;" meaning shifted from the sound of breaking to the resulting fissure.

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crevice in Medicine

crevice crev·ice (krěv'ĭs)
A narrow crack, fissure, or cleft.

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