a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity; vast chasm.
anything profound, unfathomable, or infinite:
the abyss of time.
the primal chaos before Creation.
the infernal regions; hell.
a subterranean ocean.
“Sometimes you have to create the abyss so it can be filled with something,” he said.
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They are more often than not kids who are the twin brothers of the fabulous traders who led Wall Street to the abyss.
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Brazilian police have pulled back the city from an abyss of crime.
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Acclaimed documentarian Werner Herzog takes an unsparing look at the death penalty in his new film, ‘Into the abyss.’
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In the month since elections produced not one but two presidents, the country has teetered on the abyss of violence.
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The thought of her was life and death in his frame, bright heaven and the abyss.
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But if one falls, that is no reason to throw oneself in the abyss.
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Well for me it was not the abyss which yawns at the end of Pillar Hall.
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Invoke not the unhallowed spirits of the abyss; invoke the spotless synod of the Gods.
Imogen William Godwin
In its palmy days people were only speculating upon the borders of an abyss which had not yet opened visibly before them.
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a very deep or unfathomable gorge or chasm
anything that appears to be endless or immeasurably deep, such as time, despair, or shame
hell or the infernal regions conceived of as a bottomless pit
late 14c., earlier abime (c.1300, from a form in Old French), from Late Latin abyssus “bottomless pit,” from Greek abyssos (limne) “bottomless (pool),” from a- “without” (see a- (2)) + byssos “bottom,” possibly related to bathos “depth.”
of or like an ; immeasurable; unfathomable. of or relating to the biogeographic zone of the ocean bottom between the bathyal and hadal zones: from depths of approximately 13,000 to 21,000 feet (4000 to 6500 meters). Historical Examples In their morphological characters they gradually approach the pelagic forms upwards and the abyssal downwards. Report on […]
- Abyssal plain
noun a large area of extremely flat or gently sloping ocean floor just offshore from a continent, at depths of 13,000-20,000 feet Examples The abyssal plains begin where the continental margins end. Several species of worms, shrimp, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, and fish live in abyssal plains. Usage Note geography
former name of (def 1). (def 2). Contemporary Examples In The Abyssinian he tells the story of a diplomatic mission from Louis XIV of France to the King of Abyssinia. The Thief of Words: Starling Lawrence Jill Bialosky October 10, 2013 Historical Examples Abyssinia proper is an elevated region, with a general slope to the […]
former name of (def 1). (def 2). Contemporary Examples In The abyssinian he tells the story of a diplomatic mission from Louis XIV of France to the King of Abyssinia. The Thief of Words: Starling Lawrence Jill Bialosky October 10, 2013 Since 1996, Bolding has been director of the Chancel Choir (renamed The Inspirational Voices […]