\ ˈka-zəm How to pronounce chasm (audio) \

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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Synonyms for chasm


abysm, abyss, deep, gulf, ocean

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Examples of chasm in a Sentence

a chasm in the ocean floor

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But Trump wants them to fail and to further the alarming chasm between many Democrats and supporters of Israel that was widened by the misguided policies of President Obama. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Banning Omar and Tlaib May Help Trump, but It Hurts Israel," 16 Aug. 2019 That the former pro quarterback was missing from the meeting only seemed to spotlight the chasm that the league still refuses to confront. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Depth of Field: Where Is Jay-Z Taking the NFL?," 15 Aug. 2019 The new conspiracism moves us from gap to chasm, for epistemic polarization ultimately dissolves our common sense of the world. N.c., The Economist, "Conspiracy theories are dangerous—here’s how to crush them," 12 Aug. 2019 At least seven people were injured in the Death Valley National Park at a scenic overlook where aviation enthusiasts regularly watch military pilots speeding through a chasm dubbed Star Wars Canyon, according to The Associated Press. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Pilot dead in Navy fighter jet crash in California's Death Valley National Park," 1 Aug. 2019 Victoria Falls’ mile-wide curtain of water is nearly twice the width of Niagara Falls and plunges more than 350 feet into a narrow chasm, creating clouds of mist that sparkle in the sunlight. National Geographic, "Botswana & Victoria Falls High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 What started as a few separate pits ultimately collapsed into a single yawning chasm some 100 feet long and 50 feet deep. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Japan's Giant Sinkhole Is Already Totally Gone," 15 Nov. 2016 Whatever the gap might be between the top two and the next few, the space between the top five or six programs and the rest of college football feels like a wide, deep chasm. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Amway Coaches Poll shows dominance of five elite programs, led by Clemson and Alabama," 1 Aug. 2019 The highway from Boulder to Denver is collapsing at a bridge approach 45 feet above ground, concrete slumping away off a widening chasm as fast as an inch per hour with a 5-foot drop over the weekend. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "U.S. 36 stretch collapses, forcing closure of eastbound lanes and CDOT blitz to re-build bridge approach that’s 45 feet above ground," 14 July 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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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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