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


a very large difference — often of opinion
  • You can't leap a twenty-foot chasm with two 10-foot jumps.
chasm = a large, deep, and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface
  • The issue is creating a chasm between liberals and conservatives.
  • chasm = very large difference of opinion
  • We were stopped by an impassable chasm.
  • chasm = a large, deep, and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface
  • They merely remind him of the chasm between what life can be and what it is now.
    Heather Morris  --  The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • chasm = very large difference
  • There was nothing beneath us but a dark chasm.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • chasm = deep opening in the earth's surface
  • Reason sits firm and holds the reins, and she will not let the feelings burst away and hurry her to wild chasms.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • chasms = deep pits
  • But her first problem was getting across the chasm.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • chasm = deep hole
  • A bottomless chasm of insecurity and self-doubt that gnaws at them.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • chasm = pit
  • Then they stood in a row at the edge of the chasm, Doon in the middle holding Poppy's hand and Lina's. Lina took aim at the heart of the city, far beneath her feet. With all her strength, she cast the message into the darkness, and they watched as it plunged down and down.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • chasm = deep opening beneath the ground
  • 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
  • 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
  • ...the chasm she had erected in her life to separate the pain from the pleasure.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • chasm = large gap or divide
  • I looked at the sky; it was pure: a kindly star twinkled just above the chasm ridge.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • chasm = a large gap or divide
  • I didn't have the energy for romantic rebellion—the possibility of losing all control of my life was like a depthless black chasm that had suddenly opened up in front of me.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • chasm = crack in the earth wide enough to fall into
  • After fifteen minutes or so, they came to the east edge of the Pipeworks, where the river surged up from a deep chasm in the ground, churning so violently that its dark water turned white and filled the air with a spray that wet Doon's face.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • chasm = large opening
  • 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
  • chasm = pit or large difference
  • 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

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