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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 Through the 1840s, as sectional chasms in America grew wider and deeper, Clay offered a national vision of all sections cooperating and making such sacrifices and concessions as were needed for the good of the whole. John Strausbaugh, National Review, "Horace Greeley’s Ill-Fated Crusades," 19 Dec. 2019 In the East African Rift Valley, for example, a chasm in the Earth’s crust created highly variable climates that human ancestors were forced to adapt to, Dartnell argues, by relying more heavily on tools and social cooperation. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "The Ten Best Science Books of 2019," 11 Dec. 2019 The 48-page report illustrates the chasm in homeownership between black and white residents in Louisville and Jefferson County. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville homeownership divide is a 'perfect storm of racism,' housing report says," 4 Dec. 2019 This cultural separation between civilians and soldiers has created a chasm in civil-military relations that widens year by year. Steele Brand, Time, "What Ancient Rome and Greece Can Teach Us About the Modern American Military," 20 Sep. 2019 The gap between the world’s best and the Americans is more like a chasm, and a performance like this does little to help close it. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: US men accomplish immediate goal but medals podium seems even further away," 7 Aug. 2019 Rolling up the magic carpet Facing a chasm between the prince’s preferred, high price and what international investors were willing to pay, Aramco abruptly cancelled road shows in America and Europe. The Economist, "Saudi Aramco’s IPO is the biggest ever," 7 Dec. 2019 Interestingly, the results reveal a chasm between the political perspectives of Black women millennials and Generation Zers (ages 18 to 34) and those age 35 and up. Kirsten West Savali, Essence, "Black Women Speak Out On 2020 Presidential Election: Candidates Will Have To Work For Our Votes," 26 Nov. 2019 In this searing drama, France's entry for this year's Oscar for best international film, a new recruit to an anti-crime unit in the Paris suburbs sees firsthand the chasm between the cops and people of color struggling to survive in the community. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's coming to the movies for the rest of 2019? Oscar contenders, Taylor Swift in 'Cats' and, yes, 'Star Wars'," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of chasm

1596, 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 in 1596

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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chasm.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chasm

: a deep hole or opening in the surface of the earth
: a major division, separation, or difference between two people, groups, etc.


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Kids Definition of chasm

: a deep split or gap in the earth

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