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Definition a long, narrow crack; or its creation — especially in the ground or in rock


a crack in the unity of a group; or its creation
  • The earthquake opened a small fissure across the road.
fissure = a long narrow crack
  • The crisis is creating a fissure in the coalition government.
  • fissure = split
  • She is determined to mend the fissures that are splitting the family.
  • fissures = cracks
  • Lava is flowing from a fissure that is ten miles east of the main crater.
  • fissure = long narrow crack
  • The city is built above earthquake fissures.
  • fissures = long narrow cracks n the earth
  • The horses had been secured to some scattering shrubs that grew in the fissures of the rocks,
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of The Mohicans
  • Some of the fissures near the cliffs were a yard wide.
    Charles Darwin  --  The Voyage of the Beagle
  • When the chain was all paid out, the candle confirmed my suspicion; a considerable section of the wall was gone, exposing a good big fissure.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee
  • The wear and tear of spring storms and melting snows had underwashed the bank and in one place had made a small cave out of a narrow fissure.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • The New York of Newland Archer's day was a small and slippery [social] pyramid, in which, as yet, hardly a fissure had been made or a foothold gained.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • He was not seen again; it is assumed he broke through a thin snow bridge and plummeted to his death at the bottom of one of the deep fissures.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • fissures = long narrow cracks
  • Ice was everywhere, in the valleys, in the cracks of stones, in fissures of the rock, in his hair, in his eyebrows.
    David Almond  --  Kit's Wilderness
  • fissures = long narrow cracks
  • I pulled my right ax from the ice, reached up, and twisted the pick into a crooked half-inch fissure until it jammed.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • fissure = narrow crack
  • This is how my mother must have felt when she saw the first shaft of sunlight penetrate the fissure in her stone prison walls.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • With a sharp boom the shaft of stone cracked before them, a fissure splitting it from top to bottom.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • Her body was as gray as ash, fissured with black lines like volcanic lava.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Everything, finally, unfolded in a place resembling a deep, inaccessible fissure.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • His javelin slammed into the earth where Artemis had been a split second before, and a fissure opened in the rocks.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • Even if you're blasting miles away, there are bedrock fissures that can be weakened.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Harry saw a fissure in the cliff into which dark water was swirling.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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