crevasse
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /kɹəˈvæs/
Noun

crevasse (plural crevasses)

  1. A crack or fissure in a glacier or snowfield; a chasm.
  2. (US) A breach in a canal or river bank.
  3. (figuratively) A discontinuity or “gap” between the accounted variables and an observed outcome.
    • 1954: Gilbert Ryle, Dilemmas: The Tarner Lectures, 1953, dilemma vii: Perception, page 105 (The Syndics of the Cambridge University Press)
      […] he laments that he can find no physiological phenomenon answering to his subject’s winning a race, or losing it. Between his terminal output of energy and his victory or defeat there is a mysterious crevasse. Physiology is baffled.
Translations Verb

crevasse (crevasses, present participle crevassing; past and past participle crevassed)

  1. (intransitive) To form crevasses.
  2. (transitive) To fissure with crevasses.



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