Definitions for abyssəˈbɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity; vast chasm.

  2. the lowest or most hopeless depths.

  3. (in ancient cosmogony) the infernal regions; hell.

    Category: Mythology, Philosphy

Origin of abyss:

1350–1400; earlier abisse, ME abissus < LL abyssus < Gk ábyssos bottomless

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abyss, abysm(noun)

    a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively)


  1. abyss(Noun)

    A bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable.

  2. abyss(Noun)

    Hell; the bottomless pit; primeval chaos.

  3. abyss(Noun)

    Infinite time; a vast intellectual or moral depth.

  4. abyss(Noun)

    The center of an escutcheon.

  5. Origin: * First attested in the late 14th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abyss(noun)

    a bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable, and, specifically, hell, or the bottomless pit

  2. Abyss(noun)

    infinite time; a vast intellectual or moral depth

  3. Abyss(noun)

    the center of an escutcheon


  1. Abyss

    In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the Abyss, or more fully, the Infinite Layers of the Abyss, is a chaotic evil-aligned plane of existence. It is one of a number of alignment-based Outer Planes that form part of the standard Dungeons & Dragons cosmology, used in the Planescape and Greyhawk campaign settings. The Abyss is also the name of one of the faith-based outer planes that form part of the Forgotten Realms cosmology. While the published 3rd-Edition source books indicate that the Abyss of the standard D&D cosmology is not the same plane as the Abyss of the Forgotten Realms cosmology, they are for all practical purposes identical.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. abyss

    1. The measureless gulf between literature and the American magazine. 2. The distance between a thinker and an editorial writer.

Anagrams of abyss

  1. bassy

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a very deep or bottomless hole or chasm.

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