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
Examples of chasm in a Sentence
a chasm in the ocean floor
Recent Examples of chasm from the Web
But Saturday, Minnesota demonstrated the chasm that exists between the Storm and the league’s elite.
Between the two groups, the LGBT community and the institutional church, a chasm has formed, a separation for which a bridge needs to be built.
In the midst of that, the tsunami of globalization struck, and the gap became a chasm.
But the chasm was so deep, the digital team may as well have been in Scappoose.
For Lenovo and IBM, the chasm begins with language.
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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
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
Definition of chasm for Students
: a deep split or gap in the earth
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