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
He's getting it in the neck for mispronouncing the word "chasm" on the radio.
And furthermore, that "30 percentage point chasm" is obviously meaningless since there is no base unit for the test scores; a different normalisation could make it into a 0.3 point gap or a 99 point gap.
The alley below is a thin chasm of darkness patched by windows to the left, a neon sign at the corner, sliced for a second as a sword of light sweeps the rain.
The biggest chasm is no longer between early adopters and mainstream users.
Fraser Kelton of Adaptive Blue said, The biggest chasm is no longer between early adopters and mainstream users.
Now, economic worries are rising fastest in households with smaller paychecks, and that chasm is widening.
The chasm is cost of living in Mexico is just as broad as that between Arkansas and New York City.
Vulcani, sive apertura ignis; in other words a chasm of fire.
The chasm was a good fifteen meters across, a leap that would test Data's ability on dry ground.
On one side of the chasm was the America my parents lived in.