fissure fissure  /ˈfɪ ʃər/


  1. (n) a long narrow depression in a surface
  2. (n) a long narrow opening
  3. (n) (anatomy) a long narrow slit or groove that divides an organ into lobes
  4. (v) break into fissures or fine cracks



  1. After an exchange of passwords, a new guard was assigned to lead us straight up the rocks beside a waterfall deep into a fissure in the towering limestone crag.
  2. On July 13, 1831, fountains of lava gushed along a fissure, exploding on contact with the water and spitting out billowing clouds of black ash.
  3. In January 1973, an eruption began along a 2km-long fissure not far from the center of the town of Vestmannaeyjar.


  1. The Social Media Advertising Ecosystem Explained

    The media constellation has become increasingly fractured. The Web produced the initial fissure, but mobile created new cracks in the landscape. Today, no single medium earns more than 45% of our media consumption.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Business Insider

  2. Croslis is named Lehigh County executive

    In split vote, Lehigh commissioners tap Democrat to serve until year's end. The typical fissure split Lehigh County commissioners Wednesday when they voted to appoint attorney Matt Croslis county executive.        
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Morning Call

  3. Lower Nazareth Township says "no" to police coverage by Colonial Regional Police

    The Lower Nazareth Township Board of Supervisors gave Nazareth Borough Council a succinct answer whether the Colonial Regional Police Department will provide police coverage to the borough during Wednesday night’s meeting. "No." By a 5-0 vote supervisors cited potential litigation and personnel problems as a fissure to declining the offer. Chairman Eric Nagle said the township had received a ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: WFMZ Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey


  1. "There's a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment," Depp said. "It was all born in that office."
    on Sep 18, 2009 By: Johnny Depp Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "Within the New Labour family, there has been a fissure really from the word go," Mr Mandelson said in a lengthy interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "Gordon thought he could and should have been leader in 1994. He believed he should...
    on Sep 26, 2006 By: Peter Mandelson Source:

  3. "Have I heard from President Clinton? No. It could be a pretty much a permanent fissure," Richardson told NPR's "Morning Edition." "But that's politics, that's OK. I did what I thought was best for the country. I'm still very fond of the...
    on Oct 9, 2008 By: Bill Richardson Source: ABC News

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