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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 savage struggled powerfully to gain the point of safety, and, favored by the glancing water, he was already stretching forth an arm to meet the grasp of his companions, when he shot away again with the shirling current, appeared to rise into the air, with uplifted arms and starting eyeballs, and fell, with a sudden plunge, into that deep and yawning abyss over which he hovered.
At last, her shot being all expended, the child stood still and gazed at Hester, with that little laughing image of a fiend peeping out -- or, whether it peeped or no, her mother so imagined it -- from the unsearchable abyss of her black eyes.
With the stroke of the loss I was so proud of he uttered the cry of a creature hurled over an abyss, and the grasp with which I recovered him might have been that of catching him in his fall.
It was like seeing the world fall away from underneath his feet; like plunging down into a bottomless abyss into yawning caverns of despair.
After various ineffectual pullings and twitchings, just as the senator is losing all patience, the carriage suddenly rights itself with a bounce,--two front wheels go down into another abyss, and senator, woman, and child, all tumble promiscuously on to the front seat,--senator's hat is jammed over his eyes and nose quite unceremoniously, and he considers himself fairly extinguished;--child cries, and Cudjoe on the outside delivers animated addresses to the horses, who are kicking, and floundering, and straining under repeated cracks of the whip.
Yes, I seemed to have flown back out of that age into this of ours, and then forward to it again, and was set down, a stranger and forlorn in that strange England, with an abyss of thirteen centuries yawning between me and you
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.
No; I cannot believe that: I hold another creed: which no one ever taught me, and which I seldom mention; but in which I delight, and to which I cling: for it extends hope to all: it makes Eternity a rest--a mighty home, not a terror and an abyss.
You may fancy a glimpse of the abyss where I grovelled
I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, through long years to come, I see the evil of this time and of the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually making expiation for itself and wearing out.
It was a great surprise to Scrooge, while listening to the moaning of the wind, and thinking what a solemn thing it was to move on through the lonely darkness over an unknown abyss, whose depths were secrets as profound as Death: it was a great surprise to Scrooge, while thus engaged, to hear a hearty laugh.
I was swallowed up in an abyss of love in an instant.