: a deep cleft in the surface of a planet (such as the earth) : gorge
built a bridge over the chasm
: 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 on the Web More broadly, the survey shows the wide—perhaps impossibly so—chasm between Trump and Biden supporters on the cultural flashpoints that color so many choices in our lives. Philip Elliott, TIME, 6 June 2024 But there was just like this gulf, this chasm, that existed in there and [costume designer Amy Roberts and I] felt that the costumes really reflected that. Whitney Friedlander, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024 This has caused a huge chasm in experiencing cultural workplace milestones, and a slight delay in young professionals learning social norms and even some key soft skills. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 23 May 2024 There’s a chasm between the company culture young workers want, and the one their older managers continue to enforce. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 23 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for chasm 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chasm was circa 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Chasm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chasm. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a deep split or gap in the earth

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