a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively)
A bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable.
Hell; the bottomless pit; primeval chaos.
Infinite time; a vast intellectual or moral depth.
The center of an escutcheon.
Origin: * First attested in the late 14th century.
a bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable, and, specifically, hell, or the bottomless pit
infinite time; a vast intellectual or moral depth
the center of an escutcheon
Origin: [L. abyssus a bottomless gulf, fr. Gr. bottomless; 'a priv. + depth, bottom.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
a-bis′, n. a bottomless gulf: a deep mass of water.—adj. Abyss′al. [Gr. abyssos, bottomless—a, without, byssos, bottom.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. The measureless gulf between literature and the American magazine. 2. The distance between a thinker and an editorial writer.
The numerical value of abyss in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of abyss in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
Very often you send papers home and they disappear into the abyss of someone's backpack, never to be seen again.
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.
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
I wish that less time would be given to interviews, and more on extraordinarily conscientiously working on keeping Greece from the threatening abyss.
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- пропаст, безднаBulgarian
- abismeCatalan, Valencian
- χάος, άβυσσος, τάρταραGreek
- sima, abismoSpanish
- kurimus, horna, syöveri, kauheus, sydänkohta, kuilu, rappioFinnish
- précipice, gouffre, abysse, abîmeFrench
- ôfgrûnWestern Frisian
- abysso, abysmoInterlingua
- tomoau, tōrere, poka tōrereMāori
- afgrond, ravijn, kloofDutch
- doo nihonítʼį́ʼgóó ahoodzą́Navajo, Navaho
- otchłań, przepaśćPolish
- prăpastie, hău, abis, adânc, adâncimeRomanian
- про́пасть, бездна, бе́зднаRussian
- avgrund, djupSwedish
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