Definition of crevasse
1 : a breach in a levee
2 : a deep crevice or fissure (as in a glacier or the earth) The climber narrowly missed slipping into a crevasse.
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Fatalities usually occur because of people slipping on firm snow, falling off cliffs or into crevasses.
There are other areas that once were covered with glacial ice, deep crevasses, glacial wells, and ice caves that are now bedrock.
After a night in San Cristóbal, the group set out for one more adventure, to the Sumidero Canyon, a deep, narrow crevasse carved out of the earth by the Grijalva River.
The team’s gear, including the G.P.S. device, had sailed down into the crevasse and disappeared.
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Origin and Etymology of crevasse
French, from Old French crevace —see crevice
First Known Use: 1813
CREVASSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of crevasse for English Language Learners
: a deep, narrow opening or crack in an area of thick ice or rock
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