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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 ?
By dint of leaping, climbing, gambolling amid the abysses of the gigantic cathedral he had become, in some sort, a monkey and a goat, like the Calabrian child who swims before he walks, and plays with the sea while still a babe.
The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation.
It may be that he swept back into the past, and fell among the blood-drinking, hairy savages of the Age of Unpolished Stone; into the abysses of the Cretaceous Sea; or among the grotesque saurians, the huge reptilian brutes of the Jurassic times.