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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
unbridgeable gulf/gap/chasm etc (between sb/sth and sb/sth)
▪ the unbridgeable gulf between the rich and the poor
yawning gap/gulf/chasm (between sth)
▪ A yawning gap was forecast between anticipated social expenditures and resources.
▪ In publishing the Hepplewhite Guide the Taylors were filling a yawning gap.
▪ Passion 57% A yawning chasm opens up after these four attributes.
▪ The yawning gap between the two was deeply worrying.
▪ There are yawning gulfs stretching down into the abyss which have often swallowed up cities that have fallen into them.
▪ There is and always has been a yawning gap at the budget end of the amplifier market.
▪ There was nothing there but a terrible, yawning gap.
▪ To a yawning gap in how I see the world and how the world sees me.
▪ An unsteady-looking rope bridge was the only way to get across the chasm.
▪ Even today there is a chasm between white and black cultures in the Deep South.
▪ The landscape was a series of mountains, chasms, canyons and valleys.
▪ Winters died after her car plunged into the 40-foot chasm.
▪ Clinton always has viewed his challenge as bridging political chasms.
▪ He talked about landslides in previous monsoons that had opened gaping chasms in the cliff behind the village.
▪ I felt as if I bad crossed a chasm of time and was some new breed of man.
▪ In it I will look at what happens when employers and educators begin to communicate across the chasm that now separates them.
▪ Instead, there will be attempts to paper over the chasms and put on a united front for the sake of appearances.
▪ Never has Chabrol revealed so relentlessly the dangerous, ever-widening chasm between the haves and the have-nots.
▪ The rehearsal had gone well, and it seemed as though he had successfully jumped the chasm between off- and on-Broadway.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Chasm \Chasm\, n. [L. chasma, Gr. ?, fr. ? to grape, to open wide. See Chaos.]

  1. 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.

  2. A void space; a gap or break, as in ranks of men.

    Memory . . . fills up the chasms of thought.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, "deep crack in the earth," from Latin chasma, from Greek khasma "yawning hollow, gulf," related to khaskein "to yawn," and thus to chaos. In English in 17c. often spelled chasma. Figurative use from 1640s. Related: Chasmal; chasmic.


n. 1 A deep, steep-sided rift, gap or fissure; a gorge or abyss 2 (context by extension English) A large difference of opinion.


n. a deep opening in the earth's surface

Chasm (disambiguation)

Chasm may refer to:

  • A gorge or canyon, see Canyon
  • A geological rift, see Rift
  • mythologically,
    • Chaos (cosmogony)
    • Abyss (religion)
Chasm (Delta-S album)

Chasm is the first album by the industrial band Delta-S, originally released in March 2005 as Chasm, Volume 0 on WindM Records. It was later re-released as Chasm, Volume 1 in May that same year.

Chasm (Ryuichi Sakamoto album)

Chasm (stylized as CHASM) is the 15th studio album by Ryuichi Sakamoto and was released in 2004. The album is experimental, pairing Sakamoto's piano work with ambient and glitch programming. Notably, Sakamoto's former bandmates from Yellow Magic Orchestra, Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi, contribute on several songs under their own production name, Sketch Show.

"coro" was featured on the soundtrack to the anime film Appleseed, while " World Citizen - i won't be disappointed/looped piano" and "only love can conquer hate" were featured in the film Babel. The original version of "Ngo", featured on the single for "Undercooled", was used in a New Balance advertisement. "Seven Samurai - ending theme" is taken from Sakamoto's score for the Playstation 2 game Seven Samurai 20XX.

The US pressing of the album replaces "the land song" with two pieces, "song" and "word". A single vinyl edition was also released, containing ten of the original fourteen songs.

Chasm (song)

"Chasm" is the fourth single by Flyleaf from their second album, Memento Mori. The song was officially available for digital download on September 27, 2010.

Usage examples of "chasm".

Plateau of Chasms, loomed from the desert, a long ribbon of blue stone running three hundred miles from Algeria into the kingdom of Tripoli, skirting the edge of the Ahaggar Mountains and the lush oases that dotted the southern desert.

Rio de la Banca, we came to the long bridge which swings in mid-air from rock to rock across the chasm through which the Great Speaker rolls his swift, roaring flood.

All around there was nothing but a black, smothering emptiness darker and more forbidding than the blackest chasm of the Underdark.

The stone bridgeway was narrowed some, I guess, and the jungle in the chasm is part natural, part man-made.

Then he flung the pieces from him and they arced out to either side, over the low walls of the bridgeway and into the chasm below, and it was the end of a weapon that had many evil deeds to its name.

When he announced the chasm, Chex unshipped the ladder and pushed it out over the void.

Finally they hauled the ladder the rest of the way across, and Chex made a running leap and hurdled the chasm as before.

Its face was pockmarked with craters and chasms, crisscrossed with hundreds of crevices.

Far over the sea to a great chasm, where he must gather crystals as blue as your skies and bring them to Mertyn and Riddle and Quench.

Then, after they reached Cil Chasm where they intended to stay, she and Rish and Dunker, two charter members of her personal fan club at Pehanron, had spent an hour fishing along the little river, up into the canyon and back down again.

And it exposed the yawning chasm that divided grassroots America from media elites.

It seemed that Callista was almost heartbreakingly distant, that they were trying to talk across a great and aching chasm which lay between them.

Emily Mamani is obsessed with the legend of the Survivors, aliens that somehow escaped the ancient devastation wrought in the Chasm.

The gap between the ship and the gig began widening again and before it should reach proportions of a chasm Stephen made a galvanic spring, landing on the lowest step and grasping the manropes with all his might.

And earnest to explore within--around : And ever as he went he swept a lyre : And, if my grief should still be dearer to me : And like a dying lady, lean and pale : And many there were hurt by that strong boy : And Peter Bell, when he had been : And said I that all hope was fled : And that I walk thus proudly crowned withal : And the cloven waters like a chasm of mountains : And when the old man saw that on the green : And where is truth?