Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A deep, steep-sided opening in the earth's surface; an abyss or gorge.
  • noun A sudden interruption of continuity; a gap.
  • noun A pronounced difference of opinion, interests, or loyalty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An opening made by disruption, as a breach in the earth or a rock; a cleft; a fissure; a gap; especially, a wide and deep cleft.
  • noun Hence An interruption; a hiatus; any marked breach of continuity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A deep opening made by disruption, as a breach in the earth or a rock; a yawning abyss; a cleft; a fissure.
  • noun A void space; a gap or break, as in ranks of men.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A deep, steep-sided rift, gap or fissure; a gorge or abyss
  • noun by extension A large difference of opinion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a deep opening in the earth's surface

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin chasma, from Greek khasma.]

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From Latin chasma, from Ancient Greek χάσμα (khasma).

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