Definitions for abyssəˈbɪs

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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

  4. Origin: [L. abyssus a bottomless gulf, fr. Gr. bottomless; 'a priv. + depth, bottom.]


  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.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kedar Joshi:

    The universe is a philosophical abyss.

  2. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche:

    If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

  3. Honore' de Balzac:

    The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.

  4. Instructor Amy Roat:

    Very often you send papers home and they disappear into the abyss of someone's backpack, never to be seen again.

  5. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself; and if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into you.

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