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chasm

 (kăz′əm)
n.
1. A deep, steep-sided opening in the earth's surface; an abyss or gorge.
2. A sudden interruption of continuity; a gap.
3. A pronounced difference of opinion, interests, or loyalty.

[Latin chasma, from Greek khasma.]

chas′mal (kăz′məl) adj.

chasm

(ˈkæzəm)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a deep cleft in the ground; abyss
2. a break in continuity; gap
3. a wide difference in interests, feelings, etc
[C17: from Latin chasma, from Greek khasma; related to Greek khainein to gape]
chasmal, ˈchasmic adj

chasm

(ˈkæz əm)

n.
1. a yawning fissure or deep cleft in the earth's surface; gorge.
2. any marked gap or break.
3. a wide divergence of opinions, interests, etc., esp. producing a breach in relations.
[1590–1600; < Latin chasma < Greek chásma, derivative of chaínein to gape; see yawn]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chasm - a deep opening in the earth's surfacechasm - a deep opening in the earth's surface
abysm, abyss - a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively)
gulf - a deep wide chasm
opening, gap - an open or empty space in or between things; "there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall"

chasm

noun
1. gulf, opening, crack, gap, rent, hollow, void, gorge, crater, cavity, abyss, ravine, cleft, fissure, crevasse The chasm was deep and its sides almost vertical.
2. gap, division, gulf, split, breach, rift, alienation, hiatus the chasm that separates the rich from the poor

chasm

noun
Something of immeasurable and vast extent:
abysm, abyss, deep, depth (often used in plural), gulf.
Translations
هُوَّةٌ، هاوِيَه
propastrokle
kløft
kuilurotko
gjá
tarpeklis
aizabezdibenis

chasm

[ˈkæzəm] N (Geol) → sima f (fig) → abismo m

chasm

[ˈkæzəm] n
(in rock)gouffre m, abîme m
(fig) (= wide gap) → abîme m

chasm

n (Geol) → Spalte f, → Kluft f (also fig); a yawning chasmein gähnender Abgrund; the future lay before him, a great black chasmdie Zukunft tat sich wie ein riesiger dunkler Abgrund vor ihm auf

chasm

[ˈkæzm] nvoragine f, abisso

chasm

(ˈkӕzəm) noun
a deep opening between high rocks etc. The climber could not cross the chasm.
References in classic literature ?
Now he experienced a feeling akin to that of a man who, wile calmly crossing a precipice by a bridge, should suddenly discover that the bridge is broken, and that there is a chasm below.
The onrush of a conquering force is like the bursting of pent-up waters into a chasm a thousand fathoms deep.
And so,' said Toby, peering down into the chasm, 'everyone that travels this path takes a jump here, eh?
A hundred feet beneath lay jagged granite boulders at the brink of a frightful chasm upon which the tower abutted; and if not upon the boulders, then at the chasm's bottom, lay death, should a foot slip but once, or clutching fingers loose their hold for the fraction of an instant.
When any extraordinary scene presents itself (as we trust will often be the case), we shall spare no pains nor paper to open it at large to our reader; but if whole years should pass without producing anything worthy his notice, we shall not be afraid of a chasm in our history; but shall hasten on to matters of consequence, and leave such periods of time totally unobserved.
A few moments' scrambling brought them to the top of the ledge; the path then passed between a narrow defile, where only one could walk at a time, till suddenly they came to a rift or chasm more than a yard in breadth, and beyond which lay a pile of rocks, separate from the rest of the ledge, standing full thirty feet high, with its sides steep and perpendicular as those of a castle.
It is like a broad red church spire, the top of it being level with the plateau, but a great chasm gaping between.
The young man drew a pile of the sassafras from the cave, and placing it in the chasm which separated the two caverns, it was occupied by the sisters, who were thus protected by the rocks from any missiles, while their anxiety was relieved by the assurance that no danger could approach without a warning.
William Gilpin, who is so admirable in all that relates to landscapes, and usually so correct, standing at the head of Loch Fyne, in Scotland, which he describes as "a bay of salt water, sixty or seventy fathoms deep, four miles in breadth," and about fifty miles long, surrounded by mountains, observes, "If we could have seen it immediately after the diluvian crash, or whatever convulsion of nature occasioned it, before the waters gushed in, what a horrid chasm must it have appeared!
Turning, she gazed in through the gaping chasm of the window at her side.
Thus sighed the soothsayer; with his last sigh, however, Zarathustra again became serene and assured, like one who hath come out of a deep chasm into the light.
Opening of the caches Detachments of Cerre and Hodgkiss Salmon River Mountains Superstition of an Indian trapper Godin's River Preparations for trapping An alarm An interruption A rival band Phenomena of Snake River Plain Vast clefts and chasms Ingulfed streams Sublime scenery A grand buffalo hunt.