Definition of crevice in US English:



  • A narrow opening or fissure, especially in a rock or wall.

    • ‘I had memorized all the cracks and crevices in the ceiling, including the shadows they cast.’
    • ‘This particular species has very long claws and is commonly found peering out of silty crevices in Scottish waters.’
    • ‘Conger eels and lobsters hide out in crevices and holes at the base of the wall.’
    • ‘They do not dig burrows, but usually reside in hollow trees or rock crevices.’
    • ‘They lead an active life during the day and sleep at night, often hiding in caves or rock crevices.’
    • ‘Beneath the cliffs at a depth of 20m or so, huge boulders are piled high, separated by narrow crevices and tunnels.’
    • ‘The figure is formed by shadows of rocks when the sun penetrates the cave trough openings and crevices.’
    • ‘The carriage was moving, bumping unsteadily over rocks and crevices in the path.’
    • ‘The nest is built in a burrow under a tree root or rock, in a cave, or in a rock crevice.’
    • ‘She pointed to a crevice in the wall of the mountain surrounding the vulture resting place.’
    • ‘It is a solitary creature, living in a crevice in the rocks or in a house fashioned for itself from an old pot or tyre or other piece of debris on the sea floor.’
    • ‘A mile or two off the trail they found shelter in a crevice in the rock, deep and high enough to take the horses.’
    • ‘Several other soldiers started firing, forcing the mercenaries to take cover in the small crevices in the wall.’
    • ‘Both male and female build the nest, which is usually in a hole or crevice in the rocks.’
    • ‘As its top cooled and contracted, it developed narrow crevices more than fifty feet deep.’
    • ‘Certain plants are ideal for growing in the crevices of a wall and will help to soften the harsh texture of the stonework.’
    • ‘The enclosures have to be enriched with trees, dens, small caves and crevices for animals to hide when they choose to.’
    • ‘A lack of legs helps them fit into tight gaps and crevices and down narrow holes.’
    • ‘Some lead to caves hidden away in crevices or under jagged overhangs.’
    • ‘At her urging, I used my finger to make sure all the crevices and openings were well washed.’
    crack, fissure, cleft, chink, interstice, cranny, nook, vent, slot, slit, split, rift, gash, rent, fracture, rupture, breach, perforation
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Middle English: from Old French crevace, from crever ‘to burst’, from Latin crepare ‘to rattle, crack’.