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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. Hence An interruption; a hiatus; any marked breach of continuity.

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

  • n. a deep opening in the earth's surface

Etymologies

Latin chasma, from Greek khasma.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin chasma, from Ancient Greek χάσμα (khasma). (Wiktionary)

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