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  • 1A deep open crack, especially one in a glacier.

    ‘On good days they could travel no more than 15 miles, and they had to be ever vigilant of the deep crevasses opening up beneath their feet when the snow melted.’
    • ‘A glaciologist said the crevasses could be wide open, waiting to swallow the unwary.’
    • ‘The lake invades the glacier's deep chasms and crevasses, detonating thunderous explosions as great shards of ice detach and re-emerge as icebergs.’
    • ‘Way below him yawns a bottomless crevasse in a glacier.’
    • ‘The deep crevasses and moving ice in the Kumbu glacier make it the most dangerous part of Mount Everest and it has already claimed the lives of nine climbers.’
    • ‘Instead of being thick rivers of ice full of crevasses, the glaciers within the Dry Valleys are flat and rather smooth; some are even shaped like pancakes.’
    • ‘The glacier is riddled with crevasses, and the route is often disguised by a thin blanket of new snow.’
    • ‘When my wits returned, I was sprawled out full length on the snow with one leg dangling over the side of an open crevasse.’
    • ‘According to early reports, the rotor blade of the helicopter hit the rugged vertical surface of a crevasse over a remote glacier in the northern part of the province.’
    • ‘Incredibly, he survived, making his way from the crevasse on to the glacier and then crawling all the way back to base camp.’
    • ‘This tends to break the glacier apart into many crevasses on the glacier's surface (around 100 to 200 feet deep, generally).’
    • ‘Spread across the uneven terrain, this symphony of tonal contrasts seems to magnify the modest image into a windswept snow-covered mountain crest marked by deep crevasses.’
    • ‘Cool your heels in glistening ice fields, boulder-hop across pristine streams, peer into deep crevasses and climb secret ridges with only mountain goats for company.’
    • ‘At risk of being stranded out on a glacier overnight by a fierce storm, they must make their way back to their camp over a narrow ice - bridge, which spans a deep crevasse.’
    • ‘This time it's like crossing a widening crevasse in a glacier.’
    • ‘Cut loose, he has plummeted into a deep crevasse, where against all odds he lands on a fragile ledge and survives.’
    • ‘It is not a classically beautiful mountain, with a well-defined peak, but it has a multitude of cracks and crevasses and ledges, a lifetime of problems for a young climber.’
    • ‘Twenty unclimbed mountains, gaping crevasses, blizzards and temperatures plunging to 25 degrees below zero were just some of the challenges overcome by a Navy expedition to Greenland.’
    • ‘There are crevasses to fall into, rockfalls, avalanches, and severe weather, particularly the wind, on such a mountain.’
    • ‘Using such friction plates to provide belays over crevasses or up short, steep sections is often too time-consuming when other methods will suffice, but the device is worth its weight during rescues.’
    chasm, abyss, fissure, cleft, crack, split, breach, rift, gap, hole, opening, pit, cavity, crater
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    1. 1.1North American A breach in the embankment of a river or canal.
      ‘Dogfish roam the area looking for prey and large crabs bury themselves in small crevasses and sand pockets.’
      • ‘Like his fellow citizens, he took a lively interest in the great swellings of the Mississippi River, which periodically breached the levees in what were known as crevasses.’
      • ‘This expansion of the compressed river of ice causes crevasse fields to develop.’
      • ‘Caves and Caverns and Victory Reef, north of Bimini, had some fun crevasses and swim-throughs, while at Elkhorn Reef off Andros an enormous spotted eagle ray twice cruised by at close range.’
      • ‘Deeper, deeper, we follow the crevasse until it opens onto a coral wall.’
      • ‘Crevasse splay deposits are floodplain deposits formed by the breaching of a levee, typically during flood events.’



/krəˈvas/ /krəˈvæs/


Early 19th century from French, from Old French crevace (see crevice).