[ kaz-uh m ]
/ ˈkæz əm /
a yawning fissure or deep cleft in the earth's surface; gorge.
a breach or wide fissure in a wall or other structure.
a marked interruption of continuity; gap: a chasm in time.
a sundering breach in relations, as a divergence of opinions, beliefs, etc., between persons or groups.
Words nearby chasm
Origin of chasm
1590–1600; apocopated variant of chasma < Latin < Greek, equivalent to cha- (root of chaínein to gape; see yawn) + -(a)sma resultative suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM chasmchas·mal, chas·mic, adjectivechasmed, adjectivechasm·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chasmal
/ (ˈkæzəm) /
a deep cleft in the ground; abyss
a break in continuity; gap
a wide difference in interests, feelings, etc
Derived forms of chasmchasmal (ˈkæzməl) or chasmic, adjective
Word Origin for chasm
C17: from Latin chasma, from Greek khasma; related to Greek khainein to gape
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