fissure

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noun

fis·​sure ˈfi-shər How to pronounce fissure (audio)
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: a narrow opening or crack of considerable length and depth usually occurring from some breaking or parting
a fissure in the earth's crust
2
a
: a natural cleft between body parts or in the substance of an organ
b
: a break or slit in tissue usually at the junction of skin and mucous membrane
3
: a separation or disagreement in thought or viewpoint : schism
fissures in a political party

fissure

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verb

fissured; fissuring

transitive verb

: to break into fissures : cleave

Examples of fissure in a Sentence

Noun a fissure in the Earth's crust a deep fissure in the ice
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
On Sunday, the biggest fissure emerged as several of those on a private call organized by Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries decided that a change at the top of the ticket needed to take place to salvage their shot in November. Philip Elliott, TIME, 8 July 2024 Webcam footage showed lava spewing from fissures in the summit, the USGS said. Christopher Cann, USA TODAY, 3 June 2024
Verb
Popular on Variety Heartache is the album’s narrative throughline, and .Paak takes listeners through a relationship that’s fissured beyond repair. John Kennedy, Variety, 14 June 2024 Challenges ahead Bailey is becoming chief at a time when deadly shootings by officers have exploded, fissuring relationships with the community that remain strained from the police killing of George Floyd in 2020 and fatal shooting of Dreasjon Reed by an Indianapolis officer on May 6 the same year. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for fissure 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French fissure, borrowed from Latin fissūra "splitting, crack, opening," from fissus, past participle of findere "to split, cleave" + -ūra -ure — more at bite entry 1

Verb

derivative of fissure entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1656, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of fissure was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fissure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fissure. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

fissure

noun
fis·​sure
ˈfish-ər
1
: a narrow opening or crack
a fissure in rock
2
: a narrow natural space between body parts (as bones of the skull) or in the material making up an organ
fissure verb

Medical Definition

fissure

noun
1
: a natural cleft between body parts or in the substance of an organ: as
a
: any of several clefts separating the lobes of the liver
b
: any of various clefts between bones or parts of bones in the skull
c
: any of the deep clefts of the brain
especially : one of those located at points of elevation in the walls of the ventricles compare sulcus
2
: a break or slit in tissue usually at the junction of skin and mucous membrane
fissure of the lip
3
: a linear developmental imperfection in the enamel of a tooth

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