noun \ə-ˈbis, a- also ˈa-(ˌ)bis\

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

Full Definition of ABYSS

:  the bottomless gulf, pit, or chaos of the old cosmogonies
a :  an immeasurably deep gulf or great space
b :  intellectual or moral depths

Examples of ABYSS

  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 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


Next Word in the Dictionary: abyssalPrevious Word in the Dictionary: abysmalAll Words Near: abyss
March 30, 2015
amphibology Hear it
A phrase with more than one interpretation
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears