American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A condition or place of great disorder or confusion.
- n. A disorderly mass; a jumble: The desk was a chaos of papers and unopened letters.
- n. The disordered state of unformed matter and infinite space supposed in some cosmogonic views to have existed before the ordered universe.
- n. Mathematics A dynamical system that has a sensitive dependence on its initial conditions.
- n. Obsolete An abyss; a chasm.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vacant space or chasm; empty, immeasurable space.
- n. The confused or formless elementary state, not fully existing, in which the universe is supposed to have been latent before the order, uniformities, or laws of nature had been developed or created: the opposite of cosmos.
- n. A confused mixture of parts or elements; confusion; disorder.
- n. In the language of the alchemists, the atmosphere: first so used by Paracelsus. Synonyms Anarchy, Chaos. See
- n. [capitalized] The void of unformed matter personified and deemed by some among the Greeks as the oldest of the gods.
- n. obsolete A vast chasm or abyss.
- n. The unordered state of matter in classical accounts of cosmogony
- n. Any state of disorder, any confused or amorphous mixture or conglomeration.
- n. obsolete, rare A given medium; a space in which something exists or lives; an environment.
- n. mathematics Behaviour of iterative non-linear systems in which arbitrarily small variations in initial conditions become magnified over time.
- n. fantasy One of the two metaphysical forces of the world in some fantasy settings, as opposed to law.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Archaic An empty, immeasurable space; a yawning chasm.
- n. The confused, unorganized condition or mass of matter before the creation of distinct and orderly forms.
- n. Any confused or disordered collection or state of things; a confused mixture; confusion; disorder.
- n. (Greek mythology) the most ancient of gods; the personification of the infinity of space preceding creation of the universe
- n. the formless and disordered state of matter before the creation of the cosmos
- n. a state of extreme confusion and disorder
- n. (physics) a dynamical system that is extremely sensitive to its initial conditions
- Borrowed from Ancient Greek χάος (khaos, "vast chasm, void") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, formless primordial space, from Latin, from Greek khaos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Some of the early investigators of chaos were the American physicist Mitchell Feigenbaum; the Polish-born mathematician and inventor of fractals see fractal geometry Benoit Mandelbrot; the American mathematician James Yorke, who popularized the term chaos; and the American meteorologist Edward Lorenz.”
“I hope that the chaos is abating on schedule today!”
“I love San Diego as a city, but it simply can no longer handle this event, and this nearly insignificant expansion isn't going to change anything. agonist yeah, the lines suck but the chaos is also kindof exciting. you have to be a hardcore fan to get into some of the panels and that in itself is like a geeky badge of coolness.”
“Hiroshi believes that although very chaotic with a ‘mess’ of cables, this chaos is also beautiful.”
“He thinks of it as planet Earth and that Earth is this spaceship, carrying us through what he calls the chaos of space into safety.”
“As readers, we know the chaos is there because the existence of the characters implies it, however, we're not forced to try to take it all in.”
“Did you know that the word child comes from the same root as the word chaos?”
“Plus, one California mayor will tell us his plan for fixing what he calls the chaos now masquerading as a border.”
“This follows an advisory panel report yesterday from former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger, a devastating indictment of what he calls the chaos that raged at the prison.”
“Eastern Cape social development MEC Neo Moerane-Mamase over what it described as chaos at pension pay points in the province.”
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