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chaos

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noun cha·os \ˈkā-ˌäs\

Simple Definition of chaos

  • : complete confusion and disorder : a state in which behavior and events are not controlled by anything

  • : the state of the universe before there was any order and before stars and planets were formed

Full Definition of chaos

  1. 1 obsolete :  chasm, abyss

  2. 2 a often capitalized :  a state of things in which chance is supreme; especially :  the confused unorganized state of primordial matter before the creation of distinct forms — compare cosmos b :  the inherent unpredictability in the behavior of a complex natural system (as the atmosphere, boiling water, or the beating heart)

  3. 3 a :  a state of utter confusion <the blackout caused chaos throughout the city> b :  a confused mass or mixture <a chaos of television antennas>

cha·ot·ic play \kā-ˈä-tik\ adjective
cha·ot·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of chaos

  1. The loss of electricity caused chaos throughout the city.

  2. When the police arrived, the street was in total chaos.

  3. The country had descended into economic chaos.



Origin of chaos

Latin, from Greek — more at gum


First Known Use: 15th century


CHAOTIC Defined for Kids

chaotic

adjective cha·ot·ic \kā-ˈä-tik\

Definition of chaotic

  1. :  in a state of or characterized by complete confusion and disorder <Everyone descended on the table in a chaotic flurry, knocking over glasses and sending forks onto the floor … — Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons>





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