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