chasm


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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 ?
Turning, she gazed in through the gaping chasm of the window at her side.
Then, holding the brand, he crossed a deep, narrow chasm in the rocks which ran at right angles with the passage they were in, but which, unlike that, was open to the heavens, and entered another cave, answering to the description of the first, in every essential particular.
Thus Hester Prynne, whose heart had lost its regular and healthy throb, wandered without a clue in the dark labyrinth of mind; now turned aside by an insurmountable precipice; now starting back from a deep chasm.
often, when forced from his hammock by exhausting and intolerably vivid dreams of the night, which, resuming his own intense thoughts through the day, carried them on amid a clashing of phrensies, and whirled them round and round in his blazing brain, till the very throbbing of his life-spot became insufferable anguish; and when, as was sometimes the case, these spiritual throes in him heaved his being up from its base, and a chasm seemed opening in him, from which forked flames and lightnings shot up, and accursed fiends beckoned him to leap down among them; when this hell in himself yawned beneath him, a wild cry would be heard through the ship; and with glaring eyes Ahab would burst from his state room, as though escaping from a bed that was on fire.
And so all over the world two classes were forming, with an unbridged chasm between them--the capitalist class, with its enormous fortunes, and the proletariat, bound into slavery by unseen chains.
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.
Every few hundred yards, at particularly bad places, one came across a panel or so of plank fencing; but they were always old and weak, and they generally leaned out over the chasm and did not make any rash promises to hold up people who might need support.
They had con- cealed a natural chasm which led under the rock.
I looked at the sky; it was pure: a kindly star twinkled just above the chasm ridge.
The bridge was a plank, and it crossed a chasm about four feet wide and two deep.
At the centre of the island there is a chasm about fifty yards in diameter, whence the astronomers descend into a large dome, which is therefore called FLANDONA GAGNOLE, or the astronomer's cave, situated at the depth of a hundred yards beneath the upper surface of the adamant.
As far as the eye can reach is a sea of green tree tops, with occasionally a deep rift where there is a chasm.