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Definition of chasm

1 : a deep cleft in the surface of a planet (such as the earth) : gorge built a bridge over the chasm
2 : a marked division, separation, or difference the chasm between the rich and the poor

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Examples of chasm in a Sentence

a chasm in the ocean floor
Recent Examples on the Web The gap between the i5 and i7 widens to a chasm in multi-threaded tests like Cinebench or our Handbrake video-encoding test. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 10 Mar. 2022 And so the digital divide, which some say has become a chasm, remains. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2021 The fundraising gap between Gov. Gavin Newsom and his main GOP challengers has become a quickly growing chasm. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 There was always little doubt that Gov. Gavin Newsom would have the financial edge in California’s recall election, but the fundraising gap between the governor and his main GOP challengers has become a quickly-growing chasm. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 June 2021 There might have been past Bay Area baseball seasons when the chasm between the two teams has been bigger or more glaring. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Apr. 2022 The dominant thesis, often promoted by the Times, claims that the automation of labor has caused an inevitable, widening chasm between workers from the small top bracket of society and those from the large bottom bracket. John R. Macarthur, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Russia’s 2014 interventions expanded to a full-scale invasion and bombardment in February, which in many ways has exposed the vast chasm between Russia’s nationalist rhetoric and Ukraine’s reality. Matt Pearcestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 According to CCS Insight chief analyst Ben Wood, the chasm between the MacBook and the iPad is still wide, but the two could grow closer together as both products continue to evolve. Lauren Goode, Wired, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of chasm

circa 1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chasm

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

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The first known use of chasm was circa 1594

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11 May 2022

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“Chasm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of chasm

: a deep split or gap in the earth

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