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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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British Dictionary definitions for chasmal

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 chasmal
chasm
1596, from L. chasma, from Gk. khasma "yawning hollow, gulf," related to khaskein "to yawn," and thus to chaos.
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