What does chasm mean?

Definitions for chasm
ˈkæz əmchasm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chasmnoun

    a deep opening in the earth's surface


  1. chasmnoun

    A deep, steep-sided rift, gap or fissure; a gorge or abyss

  2. chasmnoun

    A large difference of opinion.

  3. Etymology: From chasma, from χάσμα.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chasmnoun

    Etymology: χάσμα.

    In all that visible corporeal world, we see no chasms or gaps. John Locke.

    The water of this orb communicates with that of the ocean, by means of certain hiatuses or chasms passing betwixt it and the bottom of the ocean. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

    The ground adust her riv’n mouth disparts,
    Horrible chasm! profound. Philips.

    Some lazy ages, lost in ease,
    No action leave to busy chronicles;
    Such, whose supine felicity but makes,
    In story chasms, in epochas mistakes. Dryden.


  1. Chasm

    In geology, a rift is a linear zone where the lithosphere is being pulled apart and is an example of extensional tectonics.Typical rift features are a central linear downfaulted depression, called a graben, or more commonly a half-graben with normal faulting and rift-flank uplifts mainly on one side. Where rifts remain above sea level they form a rift valley, which may be filled by water forming a rift lake. The axis of the rift area may contain volcanic rocks, and active volcanism is a part of many, but not all, active rift systems. Major rifts occur along the central axis of most mid-ocean ridges, where new oceanic crust and lithosphere is created along a divergent boundary between two tectonic plates. Failed rifts are the result of continental rifting that failed to continue to the point of break-up. Typically the transition from rifting to spreading develops at a triple junction where three converging rifts meet over a hotspot. Two of these evolve to the point of seafloor spreading, while the third ultimately fails, becoming an aulacogen.


  1. chasm

    A chasm is a deep, wide gap or fissure in the earth's surface, often formed through geological activity such as erosion or an earthquake. It also refers to a significant difference or division between two groups, people, or points of view, often seen as being impossible to reconcile.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chasmnoun

    a deep opening made by disruption, as a breach in the earth or a rock; a yawning abyss; a cleft; a fissure

  2. Chasmnoun

    a void space; a gap or break, as in ranks of men

  3. Etymology: [L. chasma, Gr. cha`sma, fr. chai`nein to gape, to open wide. See Chaos.]


  1. Chasm

    Chasm is the 15th studio album by Ryuichi Sakamoto and was released in 2004. The album is experimental, pairing Sakamoto's piano work with ambient and glitch programming. Notably, Sakamoto's former bandmates from Yellow Magic Orchestra, Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi, contribute on several songs under their own production name, Sketch Show. "coro" was featured on the soundtrack to the anime film Appleseed, while "World Citizen - i won't be disappointed/looped piano" and "only love can conquer hate" were featured in the film Babel. The original version of "Ngo", featured on the single for "Undercooled", was used in a New Balance advertisement.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chasm

    kazm, n. a yawning or gaping hollow: a gap or opening: a void space.—adjs. Chasmed; Chasm′y. [Gr. chasma, from chain-ein, to gape; cf. Chaos.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chasm in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chasm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of chasm in a Sentence

  1. David Lloyd George:

    Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.

  2. Johnny Cash:

    How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.

  3. Thomas Gerakis:

    It looked like a walk in a park for Alexis Tsipras - there was a chasm between Alexis Tsipras. But we see now that if one underestimates the other, it will only backfire, i'M NOT FAKE.

  4. Benjamin Disraeli:

    The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps.

  5. Isaac Bashevis Singer:

    Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.

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  • هوةArabic
  • бездна, пропастBulgarian
  • Kluft, Spalte, AbgrundGerman
  • χαράδρα, ρήγμα, χάσμα, διάσπαση, βάραθρο, σχίσμαGreek
  • barranco, cañón, disensión, sima, garganta, abismo, barrancaSpanish
  • rotko, kuiluFinnish
  • gouffre, fossé, crevasse, divergenceFrench
  • gáibéal, briseadh, scaradh, anscoilt, duibheagán, deighiltIrish
  • jurangIndonesian
  • divergenza, divario, baratro, abisso, voragineItalian
  • תהוםHebrew
  • 渓壑Japanese
  • afgrond, meningsverschil, kloofDutch
  • abismoPortuguese
  • расщелина, бездна, разногласие, расселина, пропастьRussian
  • provalijaSerbo-Croatian
  • schism, klyftaSwedish
  • అగాధంTelugu

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    joint that forms a corner; usually both sides are bevelled at a 45-degree angle to form a 90-degree corner
    • A. helm
    • B. pluck
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