chasm

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noun \ˈka-zə m\

Definition of chasm

  1. 1 :  a deep cleft in the surface of a planet (as the earth) :  gorge <built a bridge over the chasm>

  2. 2 :  a marked division, separation, or difference <the chasm between the rich and the poor>

Examples of chasm in a sentence

  1. <a chasm in the ocean floor>

Origin and Etymology of chasm

Latin chasma, from Greek; akin to Latin hiare to yawn — more at yawn


First Known Use: 1596


CHASM Defined for English Language Learners

chasm

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noun \ˈka-zə m\

Definition of chasm for English Language Learners

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

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


CHASM Defined for Kids

chasm

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noun \ˈka-zəm\

Definition of chasm for Students

  1. :  a deep split or gap in the earth



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