chasm

noun \ ˈka-zə m \
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

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

  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

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

noun \ ˈka-zəm \

Definition of chasm for Students

: a deep split or gap in the earth


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