abyss


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a·byss

 (ə-bĭs′)
n.
1. An immeasurably deep chasm, depth, or void: "lost in the vast abysses of space and time" (Loren Eiseley).
2.
a. In the book of Genesis, the primeval Chaos out of which earth and sky were formed.
b. The abode of evil spirits; hell.

[Middle English abissus, from Late Latin abyssus, from Greek abussos, bottomless : a-, without; see a-1 + bussos, bottom.]

abyss

(əˈbɪs)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a very deep or unfathomable gorge or chasm
2. anything that appears to be endless or immeasurably deep, such as time, despair, or shame
3. (Theology) hell or the infernal regions conceived of as a bottomless pit
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek abussos bottomless (as in the phrase abussos limnē bottomless lake), from a-1 + bussos depth]

a•byss

(əˈbɪs)

n.
1. a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity; vast chasm.
2. the lowest or most hopeless depths.
3. (in ancient cosmogony) the infernal regions; hell.
[1350–1400; earlier abisse, Middle English abissus < Late Latin abyssus < Greek ábyssos bottomless]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abyss - a bottomless gulf or pitabyss - a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively)
chasm - a deep opening in the earth's surface

abyss

noun
1. chasm, gulf, split, crack, gap, pit, opening, breach, hollow, void, gorge, crater, cavity, ravine, cleft, fissure, crevasse, bottomless depth, abysm She leapt to her death in a nearby abyss.
2. cataclysm, collapse, disaster, catastrophe, upheaval, debacle, calamity, convulsion The country was on the brink of an abyss.
3. gap, difference, gulf, split, disagreement, disparity, divergence How big is the abyss between them?

abyss

noun
Something of immeasurable and vast extent:
abysm, chasm, deep, depth (often used in plural), gulf.
Translations
هَاوِيَة
propast
afgrund
AbgrundAbyssus
végtelen mélység
hyldÿpi; tómiî
bedugnėpraraja
bezdibenis
avgrund

abyss

[əˈbɪs] N (lit) → abismo m, sima f (fig) → abismo m

abyss

[æˈbɪs] n
(lit) (in the ground)abîme m, gouffre m
(fig)abîme m, gouffre m
to be on the brink of an abyss → être au bord du gouffre

abyss

n (lit, fig)Abgrund m; the abyss of warder Abgrund des Krieges

abyss

[əˈbɪs] n (liter) → abisso, baratro

abyss

(əˈbis) noun
a very deep or bottomless hole or chasm.
References in classic literature ?
The youth ran to look at it, and saw that a huge abyss had opened below the stone.
Without fear of any further danger, he packed up all the treasures of the castle into great chests, and gave his brothers a signal to pull them up out of the abyss.
And for their less fortunate brothers and sisters, the unfavored laborers, the driven people of the abyss, they cared nothing.
Then, suspended above the abyss, borne to and fro by the formidable swinging of the bell, he seized the brazen monster by the ear-laps, pressed it between both knees, spurred it on with his heels, and redoubled the fury of the peal with the whole shock and weight of his body.
who shall tempt with wandring feet The dark unbottom'd infinite Abyss And through the palpable obscure find out His uncouth way, or spread his aerie flight Upborn with indefatigable wings Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive The happy Ile; what strength, what art can then Suffice, or what evasion bear him safe Through the strict Senteries and Stations thick Of Angels watching round?
I can see her shining in the sky through the little window by my desk, and tonight she seems calling to me again as she has not called before since that long dead night, and I think I can see, across that awful abyss of space, a beautiful black-haired woman standing in the garden of a palace, and at her side is a little boy who puts his arm around her as she points into the sky toward the planet Earth, while at their feet is a huge and hideous creature with a heart of gold.
She saw herself sink from the sublime height of motherhood to the somber depths of unmodified slavery, the abyss of separation between her and her boy was complete.
And, so saying, he crept cautiously along and peered over into the abyss, while I remained wondering by what possible means we could overcome this apparently insuperable obstruction.
world-- everything to a dead world, where avalanches, rolling from the summits of the mountains, would disperse noiselessly at the bottom of the abyss, retaining the motion, but wanting the sound.
I wondered what an abyss of cruelty she must have looked into that in horror she refused to live.
They clamber over one another, and thus scuffle into the mud and the abyss.
Groping about the masonry just below the margin, I succeeded in dislodging a small fragment, and let it fall into the abyss.