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chasm

[kaz-uh m] /ˈkæz əm/
noun
1.
a yawning fissure or deep cleft in the earth's surface; gorge.
2.
a breach or wide fissure in a wall or other structure.
3.
a marked interruption of continuity; gap:
a chasm in time.
4.
a sundering breach in relations, as a divergence of opinions, beliefs, etc., between persons or groups.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; apocopated variant of chasma < Latin < Greek, equivalent to cha- (root of chaínein to gape; see yawn) + -(a)sma resultative suffix
Related forms
chasmal, chasmic, adjective
chasmed, adjective
chasmy, adjective
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Examples for chasm
  • At the same time, science opened up a yawning chasm of the unknown inside ordinary objects.
  • Thrice each day the water rushed into a frightful chasm, and thrice was disgorged.
  • If there was a sense of awe in the presence of the gods, there was no sense of moral separation, no yawning chasm of unworthiness.
  • Yet here-in this seemingly inhospitable chasm-life thrives.
  • The chasm allows scientists an important glimpse at cross-sections of lunar geological layers.
  • Renewable resources can bridge the chasm between environmental protection and economic growth.
  • Yet here, in this seemingly inhospitable chasm, life thrives.
  • The chasm between the initial vision and the final product is shocking and has been an easy target for critics.
  • Instead, they cast around for businesses to buy, or try to hurdle the chasm with what they have got.
  • But in the process, smart-home networking will cross the chasm to general adoption.
British Dictionary definitions for chasm

chasm

/ˈkæzəm/
noun
1.
a deep cleft in the ground; abyss
2.
a break in continuity; gap
3.
a wide difference in interests, feelings, etc
Derived Forms
chasmal (ˈkæzməl), chasmic, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin chasma, from Greek khasma; related to Greek khainein to gape
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Word Origin and History for chasm
chasm
1596, from L. chasma, from Gk. khasma "yawning hollow, gulf," related to khaskein "to yawn," and thus to chaos.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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chasm in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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