Definition of "chasm" []

  • 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. (noun)
  • A deep cleft in the ground; abyss (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A break in continuity; gap (noun)
  • A wide difference in interests, feelings, etc (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "chasm" in a sentence
  • "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."