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Definition a large and deep and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface; or (more rarely) any large gap

or:

a large difference of opinion
  • You can't leap a twenty-foot chasm with two 10-foot jumps.
chasm = a large and deep and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface
  • We were stopped by an impassable chasm.
  • The issue is creating a chasm between liberals and conservatives.
  • And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.
    Luke 16:26 (NIV)
  • Before them, at their very feet, was the brink of a black ragged chasm hidden by the thick grass.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I imagine my feet dangling over the chasm and bite my lip.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • chasm = a deep drop-off into which someone could fall
  • ...it had a rope bridge across a chasm,
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • chasm = a large and deep and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface
  • ...found herself to her horror sliding down into a dark, narrow chasm...
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • chasm = opening on the earth's surface
  • But her first problem was getting across the chasm.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • chasm = deep hole
  • ...the chasm she had erected in her life to separate the pain from the pleasure.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • chasm = large gap or divide
  • Thus Hester Prynne, whose heart had lost its regular and healthy throb, wandered without a clue in the dark labyrinth of mind; now turned aside by an insurmountable precipice; now starting back from a deep chasm.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • They watch with mindless, indifferent eyes, as calm and midnight black as the chasm below me.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • When my feet stumble backward, heels jutting out over the empty chasm that once held Osanos's water weapon, I know it's over.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • The chasm is open for your return; but this I must warn you, that once you have gone through, it will close behind you for ever.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • They had concealed a natural chasm which led under the rock.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Before them, at their very feet, was the brink of a black ragged chasm hidden by the thick grass.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I had fallen through the chasm between two languages.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Then he turned and ran inland across the top of the glacier, leaping a chasm fifty feet across.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • In front of him the road was gone ... he was looking into a bottomless chasm of swirling snow and vague greenish-gray pines far away and far below.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • In the midst of them parted, suddenly, a gaping chasm, that moment on the Island in the Bois de Boulogne.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way

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