See also: crevasse




From Middle English crevice, from Old French crevace, from crever (to break, burst), from Latin crepare (to break, burst, crack).



crevice (plural crevices)

  1. A narrow crack or fissure, as in a rock or wall.
    • Tennyson
      The mouse, / Behind the moldering wainscot, shrieked, / Or from the crevice peered about.
    • William Butler Yeats
      I can't tell you how urbane and sprightly the old poll parrot was; and [] not a pocket, not a crevice, of pomp, humbug, respectability in him: he was fresh as a daisy.



crevice (third-person singular simple present crevices, present participle crevicing, simple past and past participle creviced)

  1. To crack; to flaw.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir H. Wotton to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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From Frankish *krebitja (crayfish), diminutive of Old Frankish *krebit (crab), from Proto-Germanic *krabitaz (crab, cancer), from Proto-Indo-European *grebʰ-, *gerebʰ- (to scratch, crawl). Akin to Old High German krebiz ("edible crustacean, crab"; > Modern German Krebs (crab)), Middle Low German krēvet (crab), Dutch kreeft (crayfish, lobster), Old English crabba (crab).


crevice f (oblique plural crevices, nominative singular crevice, nominative plural crevices)

  1. crayfish, crawfish