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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chasm a deep opening in the earth's surface
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chasm A deep opening made by disruption, as a breach in the earth or a rock; a yawning abyss; a cleft; a fissure. "That deep, romantic chasm which slanted down the green hill."
    • Chasm A void space; a gap or break, as in ranks of men. "Memory . . . fills up the chasms of thought."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chasm 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 chasm Hence An interruption; a hiatus; any marked breach of continuity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chasm kazm a yawning or gaping hollow: a gap or opening: a void space
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  • David Lloyd George
    “Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.”
  • David Lloyd George
    “The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps.”
  • Cleveland Amory
    Cleveland Amory
    “Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.”
  • Johnny Cash
    Johnny Cash
    “How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.”
  • Ruckett
    “Between today and tomorrow are graves, and between promising and fulfilling are chasms.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. chasma, Gr. cha`sma, fr. chai`nein to gape, to open wide. See Chaos
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. chasma, from chain-ein, to gape; cf. Chaos.


In literature:

The chasm that had caused him such a long detour before had widened, evidently in the big quake that had hit earlier.
"Wind" by Charles Louis Fontenay
And he also saw a wide chasm.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
Here was a terrifying precipice, the sloping rocks leading towards the chasm.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
I rode forward, therefore, directing my horse along the edge of the chasm.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
A vast chasm between two cliffs marked the course of the stream above us.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Oddo himself wondered, till he recalled how the sun was shining down into the chasm at the time.
"Feats on the Fiord" by Harriet Martineau
There was a great chasm or hole just in front of me.
"Fast in the Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
This stupendous chasm is the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
There lay a frowning, rock-bound chasm at their feet, and deep down in the heart of it a broad, sluggish stream.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Here begins a chasm which continues for the distance of about a mile and a half.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
Now there was nothing but chilly horror, for the chasm was to him the tomb of the faithful companion and friend of many days.
"The Crystal Hunters" by George Manville Fenn
The chasm was critically deep for the length of the gaff.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
Go or else I shall hurl thee into a chasm and crush thee with my thunder.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
Following it, a chasm regularly opened under the vessel's counter, a swirling pit in the ocean twenty feet deep.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
It stood upon the very edge of the chasm.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
The castle was anciently called Dunchine, or the Fort of the Chasm.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
They paused at the brink of the chasm.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
It stood upon the very edge of the chasm.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
On went the young explorer until he came to a point where the chasm suddenly widened.
"Two Arrows" by William O. Stoddard

In poetry:

Of the wild wind, and in the seethe
And surge of ocean's pain;
That sundering rift and chasm, of which
Our lonely hearts complain.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
In the round moon's angry scanning,
Demon-swift cross spider arches
Of the web-thick bridges spanning
Chasms of her kingdom's marches.
"Pre-Ordination" by Madison Julius Cawein
He knocked the fragile statue down
And ate her sugar head
And then the witnesses all gathered round
And pointed at the chasm at his feet:
"The Truth is Blind" by David Gascoyne
And stops where the yawning chasm,
Shows the yawning wave beneath,
And she knows with sudden horror,
That she has been brought to her death
"A Legend Of Buckingham Village" by Nora Pembroke
I've seen the rapids in their course,
Like madden'd, living things rush on,
With wild, unhesitating force,
To where thy mighty chasms yawn.
"Niagra Falls" by Thomas Frederick Young
The winds in whistling fury blow;
The rain in hissing deluge pours;
The lightning glares; in chasms dark
The thunder bursts and deaf'ning roars.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli

In news:

Cook's Chasm is located in the Cape Perpetua area of the Oregon coast.
For American Jews, Israel's catastrophic misadventure on the high seas this weekend has only deepened the chasm that increasingly splits them into two camps.
At Fiscal Cliff, a House-Senate Chasm Over Whether Deal Is Even Doable .
We never glimpse what's inside, and nothing emerges from the chasm below.
The difference between being famous and not being famous is as enormous as the chasm between Staten Island and Hollywood, and I should know because I've had a teensy taste of both realms.
Not "mixed" in terms of race or faith — I like to think we've bridged those cultural chasms — but of politics.
The first is the broad, gaping chasm between his personality and the crassness of 4chan.
The chasm does not reveal itself until you are nearly at its edge.
Prisoners Straddle an Ideological Chasm.
' Zorro ' effort leaps funding chasm in Pomona.
Africa's "generation chasm" shows why leaders are out of touch.
The storybook embrace of immigrants was one of the few bipartisan bridges over the chasms of differences between the conventions.
Off the cliff, into the chasm.
Behold the economic chasm.
Based on the Pakistani-born writer's novel of the same title, the charming story, now playing at Stages Theatre, demonstrates how wide that chasm between parents and children remains.

In science:

The need for such bottom-up approaches that “cross the structure chasm” is also expressed in .
Usability Meets Instant Gratification on the Semantic Web
Ives, Jayant Madhaven, Luke McDowell, Igor Tatarinov: Crossing the Structure Chasm.
Usability Meets Instant Gratification on the Semantic Web
Until this gap, or chasm, is bridged non-commutative geometry will be without a union of algebraic and analytic methods.
Noncommutative complex differential geometry
Quantum chromodynamics spans the chasm between the theory of Yang and Mills at high energies and that of Yukawa at low energies, not to mention nuclei, and the description of strongly interacting matter at varying temperatures and densities.
Review of Theoretical Status: the Long and Short of High Energy Jets
This is I believe a manifestation of the classical chasm which unfortunately often exists between the disciplines of applied mathematics and theoretical physics.
Multivector Solutions to the Hyper-Holomorphic Massive Dirac Equation
Note that in general we have neither constructions of automorphic Galois representations nor (potential) automorphy theorems, so we cannot unconditionally bridge the automorphic-Galois chasm.
Variations on a theorem of Tate