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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)

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.

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."