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abyss

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noun \ə-ˈbis, a- also ˈa-(ˌ)bis\

Simple Definition of abyss

  • : a hole so deep or a space so great that it cannot be measured

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of abyss

  1. 1 :  the bottomless gulf, pit, or chaos of the old cosmogonies

  2. 2 a :  an immeasurably deep gulf or great space b :  intellectual or moral depths

Examples of abyss in a sentence

  1. <looking down at the dark ocean from the ship's rail, the cruise passenger felt as though he was staring into an abyss>



Origin and Etymology of abyss

Middle English abissus, from Late Latin abyssus, from Greek abyssos, from abyssos, adjective, bottomless, from a- + byssos depth; perhaps akin to Greek bathys deep


First Known Use: 14th century


ABYSS Defined for Kids

abyss

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noun \ə-ˈbis\

Definition of abyss for Students

  1. :  a gulf so deep or space so great that it cannot be measured





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