chasm

[kaz-uhm]
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; apocopated variant of chasma < Latin < Greek, equivalent to cha- (root of chaínein to gape; see yawn) + -(a)sma resultative suffix

chasmal, chasmic, adjective
chasmed, adjective
chasmy, adjective
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chasm (ˈkæzəm)
 
n
1.  a deep cleft in the ground; abyss
2.  a break in continuity; gap
3.  a wide difference in interests, feelings, etc
 
[C17: from Latin chasma, from Greek khasma; related to Greek khainein to gape]
 
chasmal
 
adj
 
'chasmic
 
adj

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chasm
1596, from L. chasma, from Gk. khasma "yawning hollow, gulf," related to khaskein "to yawn," and thus to chaos.
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Example sentences
Don't create a water flow that erodes the land and creates deep chasms that
  drain the water table.
It is absolutely mind-boggling to see the chasms theorists are willing to leap
  in order to not admit the obvious.
It would have been more difficult to place than the others as such chasms are
  rare.
Here are tremendous cracks, chasms and crevices of every form and in all
  directions.
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