from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An immeasurably deep chasm, depth, or void.
- noun In the book of Genesis, the primeval Chaos out of which earth and sky were formed.
- noun The abode of evil spirits; hell.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A bottomless gulf; any deep, immeasurable space; anything profound and unfathomable, whether literally or figuratively; specifically, hell; the bottomless pit.
- noun In heraldry, the center of an escutcheon; the fesse-point.
- To engulf.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable, and, specifically, hell, or the bottomless pit.
- noun Infinite time; a vast intellectual or moral depth.
- noun (Her.) The center of an escutcheon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Moral
depravity; vast intellectual or moral depth.
- noun An impending catastrophic happening.
- noun heraldry The center of an
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively)
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
His body language and choice of words—he used the word "abyss" four times—betrayed a man humbled by a difficult struggle.
Thu 10/29/09 3: 29 PM the abyss is the most UNDERRATED of his movies. its fabulous but no one ever remembers it
I know the abyss is there, but the picket fence stops me stumbling in by accident.
Drawing them back from the abyss is the real challenge that confronts us.
Gaze into the abyss from the comfort of your own h ...
However, you cannot invariably sell that to the middle-class or lower-class Americans, and so the types instead, write about how all we need to do to get out of the abyss is become a more educated society.
Now, if the abyss is scary, what is scarier, what generates it, what you will find in it, or what comes from it?
But staying in the real estate abyss is like throwing money down a rat hole.
It's a bumpy, slow ride, and the visitor won't forget the final stretch, when the distance between the bus 'wheels and a great, yawning abyss is a matter of inches.
And don't you think the fear of falling back down into that abyss is one of the primary, albeit ineffective, motivators of humankind?