Definition of chasm in English:

chasm

noun

  • 1A deep fissure in the earth's surface.

    ‘a chasm a mile long’
    figurative ‘he was engulfed in a chasm of despair’
    • ‘It had a drawbridge that was not over a moat filled with water, but a chasm that seemed to go to the center of the Earth.’
    • ‘Here, during the rainy season, rapid bubbling rivers flow along the bottom of these chasms.’
    • ‘The movie also shows a panoramic view of the mountains, deep chasms and valleys going into oblivion and the sounds of crackling icicles and snowstorms.’
    • ‘The extraordinary recent result is the discovery of little gullies on the flanks of lots of the chasms on Mars that seem to be very young and indicate almost certainly the flow of water.’
    • ‘Up ahead he could see some sort of bridge, crossing a wide and deep chasm.’
    • ‘Occasionally the path hugged a precipice where updraughts hinted at deep chasms.’
    • ‘After an hour you reach the top, a shunting yard next to the phosphate mine, and then you trundle back down again through deep romantic chasms and caverns measureless to man.’
    • ‘The road was uneven, often concealing deep chasms, all too ready to welcome unwary travelers into the darkness of some unseen cavern far below.’
    • ‘All the same, he laughed, but admitted that the gorges, gaps, chasms and rock formations they've seen in the Centre are each so very different.’
    • ‘The photos from these fly-bys have revealed amazing detail in the structures of craters, grooves, and chasms crossing the frigid surfaces of these little worlds.’
    • ‘The plateau is rugged and interspersed with towering mountains and deep chasms.’
    • ‘An even more striking feature of the gravity map is the deep chasms, known as fracture zones, that cut across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Ocean basins.’
    • ‘Others had the chance to descend into a crevasse on a rope ladder, and see first hand what it's like inside one of those virtually bottomless icy chasms.’
    • ‘Miraculously, a small grove of Wollemi pines hung on in the deep and humid chasms of the mountains west of Sydney.’
    • ‘Hidden deep within this region's rocky chasms and valleys lie overhangs and stone shelters containing vast galleries of ancient Aboriginal rock paintings.’
    • ‘One of the most romantic places in the whole of the Luberon is the Fontaines de Vaucluses, where water from underground chasms rises dramatically to the surface.’
    • ‘The philosophers in the first century wrote of gases producing euphoria and of a spring emanating from fissures, or chasms, in the bedrock inside the oracular chamber.’
    • ‘The tunnel floor became a bridge over an incredible chasm that was so deep that no bottom could be seen.’
    gorge, abyss, canyon, ravine, gully, gulf, pass, defile, couloir, crevasse, cleft, rift, rent
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    1. 1.1A profound difference between people, viewpoints, feelings, etc.
      ‘the chasm between rich and poor’
      • ‘But there is a chasm between how she is perceived in America and here.’
      • ‘The security measures sanctioned by the state serve only to widen the chasm between the powerful and powerless.’
      • ‘When an individual lies, he does so to bridge or cover over the chasm between his personal interests and accepted social norms.’
      • ‘The geneticist obscures the chasm between her hope and the technical options he is offering.’
      • ‘What the current row has exposed is the chasm between East and West.’
      • ‘The results also highlight a growing chasm between the borough's best and worst performing schools.’
      • ‘Such comments underscore the chasm between the response of liberals and of socialists to social inequality.’
      • ‘Genetic variables and years of experience forge a wide chasm between an average athlete and a top professional.’
      • ‘One year later and the chasm between this side and that side has grown ever wider.’
      • ‘At some point, however, it will become increasingly difficult to bridge the chasm between their faith and their values.’
      • ‘The chasm between the wealthy elite and broad layers of the population will only continue to widen under conditions of slump.’
      • ‘This is what, maybe, contributes to the chasm between leaders and followers and the general social decay.’
      • ‘Far from ameliorating the present social crisis, such plans would only deepen the chasm between rich and poor.’
      • ‘But this served only to enlarge the social chasm between home owning wealth-holders and families with no assets.’
      • ‘The chasm between the editorial side and the technology side is more or less accurately replicated when it comes to the layman.’
      • ‘The burghers of Lucern were rich but, in those days, the chasm between the rich and the poor was enormous.’
      • ‘There was a big chasm between us - we were musical snobs to them and they thought we were elitists.’
      • ‘The closer war seems to get, the larger the chasm between sides grows.’
      • ‘That shows the chasm between the views being expressed in this country.’
      • ‘It is clear that there is now a greater chasm between teens and adults.’

Origin

Late 16th century (denoting an opening up of the sea or land, as in an earthquake): from Latin chasma, from Greek khasma gaping hollow.

Pronunciation:

chasm

/ˈkaz(ə)m/