abysses

abyss

[uh-bis]
noun
1.
a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity; vast chasm.
2.
anything profound, unfathomable, or infinite: the abyss of time.
3.
a.
the primal chaos before Creation.
b.
the infernal regions; hell.
c.
a subterranean ocean.

Origin:
1350–1400; earlier abisse, Middle English abissus < Late Latin abyssus < Greek ábyssos bottomless, equivalent to a- a-6 + byssós bottom of the sea

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abyss (əˈbɪs)
 
n
1.  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.  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]

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abyss
late 14c., earlier abime (c.1300), from L.L. abyssus "bottomless pit," from Gk. abyssos (limne) "bottomless (pool)," from a- "without" (see a- (2)) + byssos "bottom," possibly related to bathos "depth."
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