chasm

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noun \ˈka-zə m\

Definition of chasm

  1. 1 :  a deep cleft in the surface of a planet (such 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

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Origin and Etymology of chasm

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


CHASM Defined for English Language Learners

chasm

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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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