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fissure
used in Atlas Shrugged

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

or:

a crack in the unity of a group; or its creation
  • I've fought storms and floods and rock slides and rail fissure...... I knew how to do it, and I liked doing it...... But this kind of battle-it's one I can't fight.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (64% in)
  • She saw the sentences: "It may be possible that after a period of heavy usage, a sudden fissure may appear, though the length of this period cannot be predicted...... The possibility of a molecular reaction, at present unknown, cannot be entirely discounted...... Although the tensile strength of the metal is obviously demonstrable, certain questions in regard to its behavior under unusual stress are not to be ruled out....
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (39% in)
  • People with pleading eyes and desperate faces crowded into tents where evangelists cried in triumphant gloating that man was unable to cope with nature, that his science was a fraud, that his mind was a failure, that he was reaping punishment for the sin of pride, for his confidence in his own intellect-and that only faith in the power of mystic secrets could protect him from the fissure of a rail or from the blowout of the last tire on his last truck.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (9% in)
  • His glance was now like the hands of a man hanging over an abyss, groping frantically for the slightest fissure of doubt, but slipping on the clean, polished rock of her face.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (17% in)
  • It was as if a volcano were cracking open, yet the people at the foot of the mountain ignored the sudden fissures, the black fumes, the boiling trickles, and went on believing that their only danger was to acknowledge the reality of these signs.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (6% in)
  • "For the third time," she said, her face and voice shut tight against any fissure of emotion, "I do not know where he is.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (27% in)

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