• (RP) IPA: /əˈbɪs/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈbɪs/, /æˈbɪs/, enPR: ə-bĭs'

abyss (plural abysses)

  1. Hell; the bottomless pit; primeval chaos; a confined subterranean ocean. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
  2. (frequently, figurative) A bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable; any void space. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  3. Anything infinite, immeasurable, or profound. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  4. Moral depravity; vast intellectual or moral depth.
  5. An impending catastrophic happening.
  6. (heraldry) The center of an escutcheon.
  7. (oceanography) The abyssal zone.
  8. (figurative) A difference, especially a large difference, between groups.
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  • French: abîme
  • Russian: про́рва
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