chasm


chasm

noun \ˈka-zəm\

: a deep hole or opening in the surface of the earth

: a major division, separation, or difference between two people, groups, etc.

Full Definition of CHASM

1
:  a deep cleft in the surface of a planet (as the earth) :  gorge
2
:  a marked division, separation, or difference

Examples of CHASM

  1. <a chasm in the ocean floor>

Origin of CHASM

Latin chasma, from Greek; akin to Latin hiare to yawn — more at yawn
First Known Use: 1596

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

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