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cha·os

 (kā′ŏs′)
n.
1. A condition or place of great disorder or confusion.
2. A disorderly mass; a jumble: The desk was a chaos of papers and unopened letters.
3. often Chaos The disordered state of unformed matter and infinite space supposed in some cosmogonic views to have existed before the ordered universe.
4. Chaos theory.
5. Mathematics A dynamical system that has a sensitive dependence on its initial conditions.
6. Obsolete An abyss; a chasm.

[Middle English, formless primordial space, from Latin, from Greek khaos.]

cha·ot′ic (-ŏt′ĭk) adj.
cha·ot′i·cal·ly adv.

chaos

(ˈkeɪɒs)
n
1. complete disorder; utter confusion
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) (usually capital) the disordered formless matter supposed to have existed before the ordered universe
3. an obsolete word for abyss
[C15: from Latin, from Greek khaos; compare chasm, yawn]
chaotic adj
chaˈotically adv

cha•os

(ˈkeɪ ɒs)

n.
1. a state of utter confusion.
2. any disorderly mass.
3. the infinity of space or formless matter supposed to have preceded the creation of the universe.
4. Physics, Math.
a. the nonlinear, deterministic behavior of certain systems, as the appearance of strange attractors or fractal structure in graphical representations of a system's evolution.
b. the discipline that studies such behavior.
5. Obs. a chasm or abyss.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin < Greek; akin to chasm]

cha·os

(kā′ŏs′)
Mathematics
A system, such as the weather, that develops from a set of often simple initial conditions but behaves very differently if the initial conditions are changed even slightly. Chaotic systems often appear random and unpredictable, but in fact have regular patterns that are repeated at any scale of observation. See more at fractal.

Chaos

 any confused or disorderly collection or state of things; a conglomeration of parts or elements without order or connexion. See also clutter, confusion.
Examples: chaos of accidental knowledge; of foul disorders, 1579; of green and grey mists, 1878; of laws and regulations, 1781.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chaos - a state of extreme confusion and disorderchaos - a state of extreme confusion and disorder
confusion - disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably; "the army retreated in confusion"
balagan - a word for chaos or fiasco borrowed from modern Hebrew (where it is a loan word from Russian); "it was utter and complete balagan!"
2.chaos - the formless and disordered state of matter before the creation of the cosmos
physical phenomenon - a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
3.Chaos - (Greek mythology) the most ancient of gods; the personification of the infinity of space preceding creation of the universe
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
4.chaos - (physics) a dynamical system that is extremely sensitive to its initial conditions
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
dynamical system - (physics) a phase space together with a transformation of that space

chaos

noun disorder, confusion, mayhem, anarchy, lawlessness, pandemonium, entropy, bedlam, tumult, disorganization The country appears to be sliding towards chaos.
organization, neatness, tidiness, orderliness
Quotations
"Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds" [George Santayana Dominations and Powers]
"Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit" [Henry Brooks Adams The Education of Henry Adams]

chaos

noun
Translations
خَواء، فَوْضى، خَرابفوضىفَوْضَى
chaos
kaosvirvar
kaaossekasortoepäjärjestys
kaos
káosz
kekacauan
kaós, óreiîa
カオス大混乱
혼돈
chaotiškaichaotiškasnetvarka
haoss
haos
chaos
kaos
ความสับสน
sự hỗn loạn

chaos

[ˈkeiɒs]
A. Ncaos m
to be in chaos [house] → estar en completo desorden; [country] → estar en el caos
see organized
B. CPD chaos theory Nteoría f del caos

chaos

[ˈkeɪɒs] nchaos mchaos theory nthéorie f du chaos

chaos

nChaos nt, → Durcheinander nt; complete chaosein totales Durcheinander

chaos

[ˈkeɪɒs] ncaos m
to be in chaos → essere nel caos

chaos

(ˈkeios) noun
complete disorder or confusion. The place was in utter chaos after the burglary.
chaˈotic (-tik) adjective
chaˈotically adverb

chaos

فَوْضَى chaos kaos Chaos χάος caos kaaos chaos kaos caos 大混乱 혼돈 chaos kaos zamieszanie caos хаос kaos ความสับสน kargaşa sự hỗn loạn 混乱

cha·os

n. caos, desorden.
References in classic literature ?
This phantom wore many faces, but it always had golden hair, was enveloped in a diaphanous cloud, and floated airily before his mind's eye in a pleasing chaos of roses, peacocks, white ponies, and blue ribbons.
There's Madame Ratignolle; because she keeps up her music, she doesn't let everything else go to chaos.
Four months ago they had left the straggling street thronged with busy citizens--groups at every corner, and a chaos of merchandise and traders in the open plaza or square beside the Presbyterian church.
Hepzibah blundered to and fro about her small place of business, committing the most unheard-of errors: now stringing up twelve, and now seven, tallow-candles, instead of ten to the pound; selling ginger for Scotch snuff, pins for needles, and needles for pins; misreckoning her change, sometimes to the public detriment, and much oftener to her own; and thus she went on, doing her utmost to bring chaos back again, until, at the close of the day's labor, to her inexplicable astonishment, she found the money-drawer almost destitute of coin.
In the little chaos of Pearl's character there might be seen emerging and could have been from the very first -- the steadfast principles of an unflinching courage -- an uncontrollable will -- sturdy pride, which might be disciplined into self-respect -- and a bitter scorn of many things which, when examined, might be found to have the taint of falsehood in them.
such unaccountable masses of shades and shadows, that at first you almost thought some ambitious young artist, in the time of the New England hags, had endeavored to delineate chaos bewitched.
Here Saturn's grey chaos rolls over me, and I obtain dim, shuddering glimpses into those Polar eternities; when wedged bastions of ice pressed hard upon what are now the Tropics; and in all the 25,000 miles of this world's circumference, not an inhabitable hand's breadth of land was visible.
It would come, and it would come; a grisly thing, a specter born in the black caverns of terror; a power primeval, cosmic, shadowing the tortures of the lost souls flung out to chaos and destruction.
Now, there's Dinah gets you a capital dinner,--soup, ragout, roast fowl, dessert, ice-creams and all,--and she creates it all out of chaos and old night down there, in that kitchen.
There was about an average of two dogs to one man; and these sat in expectant attitudes till a spent bone was flung to them, and then they went for it by brigades and divisions, with a rush, and there ensued a fight which filled the prospect with a tumultu- ous chaos of plunging heads and bodies and flashing tails, and the storm of howlings and barkings deafened all speech for the time; but that was no matter, for the dog-fight was always a bigger interest anyway; the men rose, sometimes, to observe it the better and bet on it, and the ladies and the musicians stretched them- selves out over their balusters with the same object; and all broke into delighted ejaculations from time to time.
The great cloud-barred disk of the sun stood just above a limitless expanse of tossing white-caps--so to speak--a billowy chaos of massy mountain domes and peaks draped in imperishable snow, and flooded with an opaline glory of changing and dissolving splendors, while through rifts in a black cloud-bank above the sun, radiating lances of diamond dust shot to the zenith.
In turn he took his place in the reading class and made a botch of it; then in the geography class and turned lakes into mountains, mountains into rivers, and rivers into continents, till chaos was come again; then in the spelling class, and got "turned down," by a succession of mere baby words, till he brought up at the foot and yielded up the pewter medal which he had worn with ostentation for months.